KUALA LUMPUR – Former Kuala Lumpur Mayor Tan Sri Elyas Omar has suggested that an underground city be developed in Kampung Baru here.

He said with limited land and the federal capital seeing an explosion of development and population growth, an underground city was an ideal alternative if it can be realised.

“Buildings below ground level can be up to two to three storeys and can house offices, malls and parking lots. Naturally an effective ventilation system will be needed.

“With activities like shopping and movement of vehicles going below ground level, land above can be developed to be green lungs for recreation activities by city dwellers both in the mornings and evenings,” he said after making a courtesy call on Bernama chairman Datuk Seri Azman Ujang at Wisma Bernama here today.

Elyas also said in terms of transport infrastructure, the Light Transit Train (LRT) system should be expanded to cover the entire city so that more city residents can use public transport which in turn would reduce traffic congestion.

Elyas served as the third mayor of Kuala Lumpur from 1983 till 1992.

– Bernama