From March 15, 2019 onwards, a one-km stretch of Jalan Tuanku Abdual Rahman (Jalan TAR) from the Jalan Esfahan intersection to the Jalan Melayu intersection will be closed to all vehicles except buses.

Federal Territories minister Khalid bin Abdul Samad stated the closure would allow businesses and shoppers in the area to carry out their activities without having to deal with the constant traffic.

He added that buses were allowed as there are no alternative roads in the area with a suitable turning radius for them to pass through. Should the closure prove to be beneficial, the Ramadan bazaar along Jalan Masjid India, which is being relocated this year, may be allowed to operate from Jalan TAR.

The decision for the limited vehicle ban comes after Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) conducted an online survey posted on its Facebook page. “We received about 1,000 responses, out of which 57% agreed and 43% disagreed,” said Khalid.

“We intend to make the area starting from Sogo (the shopping complex) to Wisma Bandar to be free of vehicles,” he added, as reported by The Sun Daily and The Star.