A proposed flyover from Kesas Highway into booming Kota Kemuning seems to have vanished from the Shah Alam Draft Plan 2020, leaving residents feeling shortchanged.
The flyover was part of the town’s masterplan when the township was first developed in 1996.
Irked residents first noticed the missing flyover in September 2014 when the second amendment was released, and were shocked that they were not told about the change in plans.
The reserve land for the flyover is still there, but the flyover is no longer indicated in the draft plan.
Kota Kemuning Residents Association (KKRA) president Mohd Radhi Cheah said the reason behind the removal was perplexing.
“When we asked Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) about this, they said it was removed from the plan based on a traffic impact assessment study that suggested the number of cars will reduce in the future,” he said.
“I do not see how that can possibly be the case as this township is rapidly developing. There are three new housing projects under way,” he said.
Currently the Kesas exit to Kota Kemuning has become one of the most congested roads in the neighbourhood.
Residents are caught in the peak-hour traffic jam leading up to the roundabout entering the township.
There are more than 9,000 residential units in Kota Kemuning and most houses have more than two cars each.
“Some 45,000 people live here and the access to the upcoming housing estates will be from this main exit,” Mohd Radhi said.
“It is estimated the number of residents will increase three-fold with the new developments.
“There is also a proposed four-block apartments in Persiaran Anggerik Vanilla,” he added.
Jalan Kemuning Palma Residents Association president Chee Yew Chai said there were roads inside Kota Kemuning that led to neighbouring townships and many motorists used these shortcuts.
“There will also be an access to SKVE from Kota Kemuning and there are other roads leading into industrial areas nearby, so traffic in and around Kota Kemuning has increased tremendously,” he said.
Permai Residents Association chairman Lee Kok Sam said the access to SKVE was expected to open in two to three years and this would bring more traffic through.
As such, he said there was an urgent need for another access road to ease congestion for residents.
Lee said the flyover met the Public Works Department’s (JKR) requirements of a boundary of 200m and a gradual gradient after every 12m as well as a height clearance of 5.5m.
Non-governmental organisation Prihatin Selangor’s chairman Allan Ang Ah Kiong said the flyover would also help boost the occupancy of several empty shoplots in Jalan Anggerik Vanilla 31/95, which is near the tailend of the flyover.
He said residents were afraid that the empty lots would be used for unsavoury activities if they were left unoccupied for too long.
He stressed that the residents were not asking for a new flyover but one that was promised to them a long time ago.
“We are supportive of development but there should be sufficient infrastructure to complement it,” added Ang, a resident of Kemuning Utama.
The issue of the “missing” flyover has become the talk of the town thanks to a monthly newsletter called Kemuning News.
“The issue has been discussed extensively in the newsletter created for residents of the township,” said KKRA secretary Vivien Khoo.
There is also talk that Persiaran Anggerik, the main road in Kota Kemuning, will be turned into a six-lane-highway.
“The highway was in the masterplan and is still in the draft plan, so we believe it will be constructed soon and we have no objections to that,” said Khoo.
She said residents and other stakeholders in the township hoped the flyover would be retained and the project would proceed.
“Infrastructure like this take time to plan and build, so we hope work will get started soon,” she added.