Residents resides near the PJ Exchange (PJX) building in Taman Jaya, Petaling Jaya are curious to know what happened to the parking bays within the building that was allocated to the public.
The PJX, is a business complex, which previously used as a public car park. The current status of the land was transformed to commercial building after the former Selangor government gazetted the Petaling Jaya Local Draft Plan (RTPJ1) in June 2007.
In 2006, the residents, who met officials of SBC Corporation Bhd, had included the 222 parking bays allocated for public before conforming to the PJX development. The PJX Development is the main stakeholder for the project and received the commencement of the project on June 15, 2007.
PJX is now open for business but there are no signs of the promised parking bays. According to the official PJX website, the building consists of more than 1,000 parking bays. Deputy Chairman A. Rajasoorian the Section 12 Residents’ Association stated that the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) should ensure that the stakeholders kept their promise.
He also added that LRT users who use the train at the Taman Jaya station have to park their vehicles by the Tasik Taman Jaya.as there are insufficient parking bays available nearby the station. “Park visitors now have fewer parking bays because they are being taken up by commuters,” said Rajasoorian.
Rajiv Rishyakaran the Bukit Gasing assemblyman said MBPJ needed to enforce all the conditions stated in the planning approval.“The relevant documents need to be examined to ascertain whether such a condition was put in place.“If it was in the planning approval, the council must ensure that the developer abides by the conditions,” he said.
MBPJ public relations officer Zainun Zakaria has urged that the developer of PJX must provide an additional 222 parking bays for LRT users. According to the planning approval, the parking fee should follow MBPJ’s rate rather than imposing different amount fee charged on other parking bays in the building. Zainun confirmed that the council was informed to allocate 222 parking bays on the seventh and eight floors of the PJX building. However, the parking bays will only be available at the end of this year and the parking bays yet to be made available to avoid any mishaps from occurring.
Former Petaling Jaya mayor Datuk Mohamad Roslan Sakiman said “yes, it is true. There has to be a certain number of council-rate parking bays provided inside the building and confirmed that PJX Development was agreed with this before the commencement of PJX construction. He also added in a news report a year ago that “It was part of the council’s requirement before allowing the development to go on. “Once it is fully open, parking bays for the public must be provided.”