The final report on the “Independent Review of Kinrara-Damansara Expressway (Kidex) Proposal in Petaling Jaya” has found its way online.
The report, which was supposed to be officially released on Wednesday, was available after a three-hour closed-door meeting held at Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) headquarters on Tuesday morning.
The meeting was attended by MBPJ Deputy Mayor Puasa Md Taib, local councillors, Bukit Gasing and Kampung Tunku assemblymen, the Subang MP as well as a representative from the Kelana Jaya MP’s office.
The executive summary of the report, prepared by MDS Traffic Planners and Consultants, a company commissioned by MBPJ to carryout the independent review, questioned the assumption that Petaling Jaya would be facing a future gridlock and also the need to channel “through traffic” (non-PJ traffic) towards PJ New Town.
The independent consultant explained its scope of work in the report’s first appendix, stating its tasks were to review Kidex’s studies, the traffic data and forecasts on Petaling Jaya’s local roads as well as alternative alignments.
The report also gives another option - realigning the expressway to avoid PJ New Town by going over Sungai Penchala, through the industrial areas of Jalan Templer and Jalan Penchala, stating it was beneficial to both PJ residents, and the concessionaire.
However, it was highlighted the Drainage and Irrigation Department (JPS), had opposed this, stating the expressway would have a negative effect on river life.