Gated access roads a bane of motorists
About 5 months ago, three old housing estates in Johor Baru were turned into "gated" communities forcing motorists who had been using the inner roads to get to their destination to take a longer route.
The motorists blamed residents of Taman Kebun Teh, Taman Majidee and Taman Melodies for not seeking approval from the Johor Baru City Council (MBJB), causing hardship to others.
Johor Baru MCA complaints bureau chairman John Cheah said it would not have been a big problem if a drop gate or gantry system was used at these access roads instead the permanent gates that are often closed and locked at most times.
"We understand the residents have been plagued by robberies and thefts but this is not acceptable as every housing estate had been carefully planned by town planners before the housing project was developed.
"The roads belong to the state for fire engines and ambulances to access places in the shortest possible time," he says.
This was however disputed by residents in the three housing estates.
Tan, of Taman Majidee, says there had been break-ins before the gates were installed.
"I can now sleep better knowing that the area I live in is now gated and guarded. A little bit of inconvenience brings great peace of mind," he says.
ACTIONLINE: MBJB will meet with the respective resident committees to solve the problem.
Public relations officer Mohd Firdaus Abdul Hamid says the local council had received similar complaints and will come up with a decision that benefits everyone.
Motorists who had been using the inner roads are advised to adhere to the traffic flow while the council works out a plan.
The newly-revamped NST now has an actionline.