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Thumbs up for the bridge

NINE months after StarMetro highlighted the plight of pedestrians, an overhead bridge is being built across the East-West Express Link near Giant Taman Connaught in Cheras, Kuala Lumpur.  

First Year Mass Communications student Nick Lim who is also a Student Council member of University College Sedaya International, said he has received a lot of complaints from fellow students regarding the lack of facilities, especially since the nearest pedestrian bridge is some 500 metres away from the Cendekia Apartments.  

“Previously, students living in the apartments have to walk through the storm tunnel to cross the busy highway,” he said.  

All smiles: (From left) Students Shobna Shree Krishnan, Lim, Andrew and Nivashini Kannason are happy with the new bridge.
Lim said he knew how his friends felt especially when he had to cross the highway using the tunnel whenever he visits course mates for project discussions.  

“It is dangerous especially after a heavy downpour,” he said. “We have to slowly scale down the monsoon drain. Sometimes, water overflowing from the sewerage treatment plant makes the tunnel really stink. “There are also times we would get wet, especially at the bottom half.”  

Lim said that once the overhead bridge was completed, students will be able to take the shuttle bus services from Bandar Tasik Selatan Station and walk across the highway to get to campus.  

Student Andrew Jeevan is also happy with the response given by City Hall.  

On June 7 last year, StarMetro highlighted the plight of students and members of the public having to use a storm tunnel beneath the East-West Express Link, near the Giant hypermarket in Taman Connaught, Cheras, to cross the busy highway. 

Metramac public relations manager Fazlyton Husein had denied that it was her company’s responsibility to build the pedestrian bridge across the highway.  

It was later learnt that it was the responsibility of a nearby developer to build the overhead bridge in 2002. 

City Hall public relations officer Anwar Mohd Zain told StarMetro that City Hall would build the bridge and bill the developer once the project is completed.  



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