Saturday, June 28, 2008

Old Pontian Road, Skudai

Once an old sleepy town of Taman Sri Skudai has bustled into a university town in 1984. The growth has also caused a chain reaction to the neighbouring Taman Universiti (Taman U), Taman Sri Pulai, Taman Teratai,Taman Sri Pulai Perdana, Taman Teratai and as far as Pekan Nanas and Ulu Choh.
Located at a junction between a trunk road Senai-Johor Bahru-Pontian, Sekudai has experienced a considerable growth since 1984 when Universiti Teknologi Malaysia has moved its main campus from Jalan Semarak, Kuala Lumpur to Skudai, Johor. Skudai has become a synonym with UTM.
Early January 2008, the construction of a fly-over was completed an opened to vehicles to the relief of thousands of road users plying between Pontian, Pekan Nanas, Kangkar Pulai and Sekudai to Johor Bahru and vice-versa. The long-awaited fly-over has eliminated wasted waiting time to thousands of vehicles daily especially in the morning and evening. Vehicles' queue from Senai-JB Road into Pontian Road (Skudai) could be as long as two or three kilometer if no queue-cutting was practiced every evening. Today, there i practically no hassle at all if you were traveling from Pontian to JB or from Senai to JB and vice-versa. The only unfortunate issue (if it is to be labeled as unfortunate) is traffickers have to make two u-turns if they are coming from Senai to Taman Sri Skudai (TSS) as the original traffic light into TSS has been demolished to cater for the fly-over. Sometimes, a sacrifice has to be made by a small group of people in-lieu of benefits to be gained by thousands of others. Hopefully, the small sacrifice made by the people of Taman Sri Skudai for the sake of others will be rewarded in other forms, Insya-Allah.