Thursday, June 21, 2012

Thrilling Water Sports in Puchong

PUCHONG: The Asian Water Sports Village is offering fun-seekers a respite from the heat with exhilarating water rides on an 80-hectare lake next to Taman Puchong Prima.
The sports village sits on the lake’s edge and boasts a multitude of inflatable rides with visitors towed by jet-skis or speed boats at breathtaking speeds.
“The 260 horse-power racing jet-ski goes from zero to 80km/h in 2.8 seconds,” said Asian Water Sports Village Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Yong Chen Hui.
He was speaking during a visit by staff of Tourism Selangor and Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) who tried out the water sport activities yesterday.
Apart from the Banana Boat, which beach-goers would be familiar with, the centre boasts the Evo Pro 3, Graphic Deck, and Turbo Blast in its arsenal of entertainment.

The Evo Pro 3 is a 175cm-long inflatable craft with handles for riders to hang on to, and the catch is that all three riders will be lying stomach-down on the platform, Superman-style.
“The name of the game is just to hold tight. If you don’t hold tight enough, the worse that can happen is you fall into the lake,” Yong said.
The Graphic Deck is a similar set-up but only fits two people.
The Turbo Blast is also tugged to blistering speeds but its passengers adopt a sitting position on the craft.
An awe-inspiring ride which elicited “oohs” and “aahs” every time it passed by was an inflatable craft the water sports village workers called the “Flying Fish”.
The ride has a capacity of three persons, is pulled headwind by a speedboat, and when a strong gust of wind hits, the whole craft lifts into the air, along with its human cargo.
Yong said one of their unique selling points is the location, being the first and only licensed water sports centre in the Klang Valley with water entertainment previously only found at tourism spots like Bali, Phuket and Batu Ferringhi.
“We also have a play-all-you-can concept which is unlike other places where tourists are charged per ride. Here, you pay one price for an unlimited number of rides.”
He added that the equipment they use have been examined and comply with US Coast Guard guidelines and his staff are trained in first aid, CPR and aquatic rescue.
The current packages available are three-hours of unlimited motorised water sports at RM39 per person, or a six-hour lakeside party with water sports and a barbecue at RM59 per person.
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Kampung Bersatu Folk Do Not Want Heavy Vehicles Using Their Roads

RESIDENTS of Kampung Bersatu, Batu 13, Puchong, want heavy vehicles to be barred from using the roads in the village.
 A resident, Wong Sai Ming, 39, said the number of heavy vehicles using the village roads had increased recently.
 “The roads are too narrow and not designed to cater to heavy vehicles. Some are driven recklessly.
“The increased volume of vehicles has also resulted in residents now taking about 20 minutes to exit the village compared with only five previously,” he said.
 According to residents, motorists use the village as a shortcut to go from Puchong to USJ and bypass the Puchong Barat toll plaza on the Damansara-Puchong Highway (LDP) or to get to other areas in Puchong such as Taman Puchong Permai and Taman Puchong Prima.
 Besides the traffic jam, the residents have to put up with noise and air pollution.
 Wong said the heavy traffic also posed a danger to residents, especially children.
 Puchong parliamentary liaison officer Datuk Loo Yeng Peng said he would highlight the matter to the Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ).
 “The roads in Kampung Bersatu are designed to cater to light vehicles only.
“The residents also complained that the pothole-riddled roads have not been repaired by the council,” he said.
 Loo said MPSJ should conduct a traffic study and come up with solutions to prevent heavy vehicles from using the village roads.
 “One effective method would be to install a height barrier to limit access to light vehicles only.
 “I will write to MPSJ on the matter and I will follow up with the residents a month later to see if any action to address the problem has been taken,” he said.

Source: TheStar

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Avoid U-turn Near Toll

MOTORISTS travelling from USJ and Shah Alam heading towards Puchong via the Damansara-Puchong Highway (LDP) have been making U-turns placed just 50 metres away from the toll gates to get on to the opposite side of the road.
 However, the high volume of vehicles queuing to make the U-turns have contributed to traffic congestion and occasional accidents at the spot.
 “Every evening after work, the traffic backlogs to a long crawl as vehicles attempt to make the U-turn while traffic from the toll gates are also coming through the same road.
“It is very dangerous and inconvenient especially for motorists who are trying to exit from the toll,” said Puchong public complaint bureau head Kuan Chee Heng when met yesterday.
 Kuan added that those making the U-turn wanted to avoid having to pay the RM1.60 toll as they were mostly heading towards Jalan Seri Puchong which has some 15 different residential neighbourhoods.
 In order to get onto Jalan Seri Puchong, Kuan said the vehicles had to make the U-turn and immediately keep left as the junction into the road was some 500 metres away.
 “There are a lot of cars using this road every day and for one car to move from one lane to another just to get onto Jalan Seri Puchong is not easy, this is when accidents occurs,” he said.
 To make matters worse, Jalan Seri Puchong is a narrow single-lane road heading towards a fleet of residential areas, hence one can only imagine what the evening traffic would look like.
 Alternatively, Kuan said vehicle could use the vehicle box culvert (VBC) which has been constructed in Jalan Jurutera to get onto the opposite direction.
 “Not many people know of the existence of the VBC even though it has been around for more than 10 years as there are no signage to inform road users of the alternative U-turn.
 “This is why everyone chooses to use the U-turn on the highway,” he said adding that the VBC was a safer alternative route.
 While former Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) councillor Liew Yew Fook said widening Jalan Jurutera could also help in supporting a larger flow of traffic when more vehicles opt to use the road.
Litrak communications head Shah Rizal Mohamed Fawzi said the U-turn in front of the Puchong Barat toll was open to public in 2000 to accommodate requests from residents of Kampung Tun Razak and Kampung Tengah.
“We have signages informing the public of how they can get to Jalan Seri Puchong via Jalan Jurutera through the VBC, yet not many are utilising it.
“We certainly do hope that more motorists opt to use the VBC as it is much safer and convenient,” he said.
When asked if Litrak would close the U-turn on its highway in the future, Shahrizal said he was not sure if it would happen as the issue involved a few parties including the residents.
In the meantime, he said Litrak would look into adding more signage to inform the public of the alternative route through the VBC which is currently managed by MPSJ.

source: TheStar

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Friday, June 8, 2012