Wednesday June 7, 2006
Story and pictures by STEPHEN NG
BENEATH the East-West
Express Link, near the Giant hypermarket in Taman Connaught, Cheras,
is a storm tunnel that has become the only convenient access to
cross the busy highway.
Abdul Qudus ... 'we are hoping for a
pedestrian bridge at the
Twenty-five-year-old Norsapina Wahab and Abdul Qudus, a student
from Nigeria, are oblivious to what goes on above them as they use
the tunnel to get across.
Like for Norsapina and Abdul Qudus, others too find the storm
tunnel their only passageway to get to work or to attend classes at
a nearby college.
Norsapina, an employee with Giant Superstore in Taman Con-naught,
said every morning she walked through the 30m stretch to get to
“It can be dangerous at seven in the morning when not many people
use the tunnel,” she said.
“But, how else can I get to work? From where I live, my workplace
is so near, yet so far,” said Norsapina, whose house is on the
opposite side of her workplace.
The nearest pedestrian bridge is at least 500m away.
Abdul Qudus said he had been
using the storm tunnel for the last eight months since he moved into
It is dangerous to use the storm tunnel,
but it is equally dangerous to cross the busy East-West
Express Link in Taman Connaught,
“We hope the local authority will build a pedestrian bridge
nearer to the tunnel and it would then be a safer passage for us,''
Questions arise as to who ought to build the overhead bridge.
Metramac public relations manager Fazlyton Husein said her
company had fulfilled the requirements to build a number of overhead
bridges as stipulated by the Malaysian Highway Authority.
“Although the storm tunnel does not come under our jurisdiction,
we have done our best to warn the public not to it,” she said.
City Hall public relations officer Anwar Mohd Zain could not be
reached for comments. However, one of his assistants said she would
refer the matter to the relevant department to determine whose
responsibility it is to build the bridge.