KUALA LUMPUR: A decision has yet to be made on the new toll rate for the RM1.9bil Stormwater Management and Road Tunnel (Smart) from Sungai Besi to Kuala Lumpur, Works Minister Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu said.
Commenting on Parti Keadilan Rakyat's claim that motorists would have to pay RM2 to use the road, he said on Thursday that a road through a tunnel was far more expensive than laying a road on the surface.
“The people do not understand that it costs RM600mil to construct four kilometres of the tunnel while the cost for four kilometres of surface road costs only RM45mil. There is a great difference,” he told reporters after launching the MIC national training and employment portal and seminars here on Thursday.
He said the tunnel was constructed at a very strategic position and those who did not wish to use it could use other roads for free.
Samy Vellu said motorists who use the tunnel would be able to get to the other side within three minutes while those who did not wish to pay toll would have to spend 90 minutes on the road.
The RM1.9bil project is aimed at channelling flood waters from the Klang River away from the city centre, and is an alternative route to the city centre for some 200,000 road users on the Sungai Besi highway, cutting travelling time from half-an-hour to five minutes.
Three routes link to the motorway — Jalan Sungai Besi (beside the RMAF base), Jalan Sultan Ismail (beside Berjaya Times Square) and Jalan Tun Razak (in front of the RHB building).