Sen. Richard Gordon on Saturday threatened to ban construction of shopping malls along highways and major roads to prevent creating monstrous traffic jams.
“Traffic in Metro Manila continues to get worse, now it cost about P3.5 billion a day. Other cities in the country are now having traffic problems too. This problem is caused by the malls built by rapacious, greedy, avaricious, predatory and opportunistic people who take unfair advantage of the country’s infrastructures and corrupt officials who allow them. If you notice, all malls are located in high traffic density areas,” Gordon said
“It’s about time that this country plans its cities right. In other countries, you cannot see malls along the highways – they are built in the middle of the town and people flocking to the malls do not cause traffic to grind to a halt. Dito sa atin, nasa tabi ng highway ang malls kaya ang traffic hindi umaandar. Dapat hindi pinapayagan na magtayo ng malls along highways and national roads,” he added.
Citing a study of the Japan International Cooperation Agency, the senator said the crippling traffic along EDSA and other roads in Metro Manila is costing P3.5 billion a day in lost opportunities.
Gordon said that to ease traffic, it is important to have a well-planned city with proper land-use plan, with community centers, with malls and other recreation facilities, built in the middle of the townships and not along highways.