Congestion in the city; how to deal with it? The Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) is looking at ways to disallow parking bays in city buildings in an effort to reduce traffic and encourage city folks to use public transportation, The Sun reports.

The policy of not having parking bays in a building has become a trend of a developed city, and Kuala Lumpur should follow, Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said, citing major cities in developed countries as example.

“Look at what’s happening in Tokyo, Hong Kong, Melbourne, London, the building style or redevelopment has changed and these building are not even allowed to build a carpark.

“They are trying to deter the people from using cars in the city and this are among the things that we are looking at so that we can be on par with the greatest cities in the world,” Tengku Adnan said when launching the 2017 Kuala Lumpur City Community Development Strata Seminar yesterday.

He added that rapid urbanisation in KL has changed the intensity and the pattern of land use in the city, and city residents and project developers must adapt to a vertical style building development to save space. “This trend has become a norm that KLites need to adapt to. They need to accept this fact and change their old mentality to a modern metropolis lifestyle,” he said.

For the no parking scenario to work, KL needs to have good public transport infrastructure, and Tengku Adnan said Putrajaya is doing its best to provide the best facilities “I would like to say sorry because at the moment there’s a lot of congestion, a lot of potholes all over the city and there’s a lot of things that needs to be upgraded,” he said.

“But we cannot address this issue right now because there’s MRT construction, new highways under construction and also new roads and there’s a lot of development in certain places. This has caused city dwellers to feel inconvenient, but please bear with us and once all these projects is completed, we will not face such problems anymore,” he declared.

The scrapping of city parking is not a new idea. It was mooted two years ago alongside imposing Singapore ERP-style congestion charges for private vehicles entering the city.

What the minister said is right – to be an advanced city, we’ll need good public transport (the full MRT Line 1 will open soon and Line 2 is now under construction) and a mindset change in urban dwellers who are so used to and/or in love with their cars that they won’t consider taking the train and walking short distances to and from the office.

Sometimes, going for lunch around the block involves a car, but you’ll still hear grumbles about “no parking” and “so jam” while ignoring that we contributed to the congestion. Klang Valley residents, what’s your views on this?