Finally in hand:
Dr Wong with a
copy of the Traffic Impact Assessment, which was
handed to Mutiara Damansara
the closed-door meeting.
MUTIARA Damansara residents now have copies of the long-awaited Traffic Impact Assessment (TIA) for the upcoming Mass Rapid Transit station at The Curve shopping mall.
Additionally, StarMetro learnt that the residents were also given Petaling Jaya City Council’s (MBPJ) planning permission for the Curve MRT station, in a meeting between
MRT Corp, MMC-Gamuda and a residential taskforce recently.
MRT Corp and MMC-Gamuda had
agreed to hand copies of the aforementioned documents to residents after a meeting in June.
Residents had been worried about the positioning of the station’s Entrance C traffic layby along Jalan PJU 7/1, claiming it would clog an already busy road which services a large commercial district.
A suggestion by residents to use the Surian Underpass as an alternate space for the station’s Layby C was rejected by MRT and MMC-Gamuda after a study, because of technical and cost reasons.
“Constructing enough deck space to hold the layby, as well as the required ventilation will create insufficient clearance for vehicles to pass through,” said MRT Corp’s chief executive officer Datuk Wira Azhar Abdul Hamid.
Furthermore, the construction efforts would take away the main entry route into Kota Damansara for a long time, causing more traffic problems, he added.
Residential taskforce member Dr. Adrian Wong said he was surprised to learn the traffic study was only done during the peak hours (from 7am to 9am and 5pm to 9pm).
“In Mutiara Damansara, it is different. The weekends are when everyone heads to the malls here,” said Dr. Wong.
He also expressed surprise at the numbers, which showed a volume of 1,737 vehicles (up to a peak of 2,280) on Jalan PJU 7/1 heading towards Persiaran Surian, while the number turning in from Persiaran Surian hovered below 750 vehicles.
Azhar said the study was done in accordance with guidelines drawn up by the authorities, but the company would be conducting another traffic study at the residents’ request.
It was also announced during the
meeting that MRT Corp and MMC-Gamuda would be building a sound barrier to
alleviate the noise and dust pollution
arising from the layby’s position along Jalan PJU 7/1.
In his reply to StarMetro, Azhar said the wall would stretch from the Persiaran Surian-Jalan PJU 7/1 junction, to the entrance of Mutiara Damansara Zone A.