KL open car parks to close down in 20 years?

That’s what a government think-tank has in plan. In its place will be more green areas, micro-housing and pocket parks

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A think-tank under the Ministry of Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government has said that open car parks in Kuala Lumpur will all be shut down within 20 years time, as more areas will be transformed into green areas with micro-housing, pocket parks, and urban jungles.

According to Director of Knowledge Management and Advisory of Urban Wellbeing Centre of Excellence (Urbanice) Dr. Azmizam Abdul Rashid, the green innovation plan will turn 30 per cent of the city into green areas.

"In an effort to realise it, we will impose high parking charges in a move to encourage city folks to use public transportation, and to avoid the open parking areas be left idle, they will be developed with micro-housing, which is apt, because the population in Kuala Lumpur is expected to increase by about 70 per cent, and we do not want these parking lots to be used for the development of multi-storey buildings," he said, as quoted by Bernama.

He elaborated that urban housing may be solved by micro-housing, with model houses currently displayed at Medan Pasar during the World Urban Forum (today is the last day) giving the public an idea of micro-houses.

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Currently, the developer is looking for locations – which will probably be large parking areas – to build micro-houses. Urbanice is also working with DBKL on the pocket parks which will feature a network of pedestrian walkaways in the city.

Dr. Azmizam continued to say that relevant authorities should prioritise developing green and blue areas such as rivers and ponds to help make KL a more sustainable city.

pic: Phalinn Ooi

Ahmad Zulizwan
Author: Ahmad Zulizwan
Take it to the track, please.