KUALA LUMPUR – City folks who commute daily through Jalan Pahang as their main route certainly cannot avoid being caught in a massive traffic jam, regardless during peak or non-peak hours.
Traffic congestion at Jalan Pahang is a problem not only on week days, but also weekends and on public holidays.
A traffic light at the exit to Bandar Baru Sentul is said to be the cause for the traffic jam, which sometimes, stretches up to the Bulatan Pahang and part of Jalan Tun Razak nearby.
What is worrying is that the traffic congestion at Jalan Pahang is affecting the movement of ambulance or other medical vehicles to Kuala Lumpur Hospital, the National Heart Institute (IJN) and the National Blood Centre, all of which are located nearby.
A motorist, Norhafizah Saidin, 42, said the traffic congestion at Bulatan Pahang was not a new problem for the city folks.
“When I first came to Kuala Lumpur in the 1990s, there was already traffic jam at Jalan Pahang, except during festivals, like Aidilfitri, when many city folks returned to the home state to celebrate the occasion,” she told Bernama.
The civil servant who hails from Lumut, Perak, said she had to leave her house by 6.30 am to avoid being caught in the traffic jam and to reach her office at Jalan Tun Razak on time.
Otherwise, I would be caught in the traffic congestion, she added.
Meanwhile, Ahmad Ishak, 58, an ambulance driver at IJN, said he was used to driving in traffic congestions, having been at the job for 18 years.
“Traffic starts to build up when people start going or leaving the office. Its starts at Jalan Genting Klang, the Pahang roundabout until Jalan Tun Razak.
“The situation is worse if it rains. It can take ages to reach IJN from Jalan Pahang,” he said, adding that other motorists would give way for the ambulance to pass.
Khairulazizi Yahya, 40, a driver at a government agency, suggested the relevant authorities, like Kuala Lumpur City Hall, to find ways to address the problem of traffic congestion in the affected area. – BERNAMA