ONLY 327 property lots will be acquired for the proposed Kinrara-Damansara Expressway (Kidex), and the acquisition of 212 of these lots could still be appealed with the Public Works Department, Kidex Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Datuk Mohd Nor Idrus said.
The 212 lots fall under the land acquisition summary within the required 13m setback from the carriageway.
“We came up with these figures based on our best estimates if land acquisition were to be carried out now,” Idrus said during an exclusive interview with StarMetro.
He explained that it was based on the Government’s rule that there should be a 13m setback from the carriageway.
However, under special circumstances, lot owners could still apply and agree to the terms set by the government to remain within the 13m setback.
“Based on our figures, some 212 lot owners could request for a waiver. They must apply with the Public Works Department and agree to the terms. This has actually been done many times when a road or highway project takes places,” he said.
Idrus explained that this had happened along several highways running through urban areas in the Klang Valley.
According to him, several stretches of the Damansara-Puchong Highway (LDP) only had a setback of between 3m to 7m while in Seri Petaling, the Maju Expressway (MEX) only has a setback of 3m from the houses.
Based on Kidex’s best estimates, 73 residential properties will be acquired from those living in areas under the jurisdiction of the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) and the Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ).
Three religious buildings will also need to be acquired in Petaling Jaya.
Affected commercial buildings come up to 158 lots under MBPJ, 11 within MPSJ’s boundaries and 10 under the jurisdiction of Kuala Lumpur City Hall.
Some 35 industrial lots in MBPJ, 14 under MPSJ and one under the City Hall jurisdiction will also be affected.
As for government buildings, a total of 32 lots would be affected.
The Kidex Section 4 land acquisition plans were approved and gazetted by the Selangor Land and Mineral Office on July 18, 2013, and the Kuala Lumpur Department of Land and Mineral on Nov 26, 2013.
A total of 3,847 lots were frozen under Section 4, comprising residential, commercial, industrial and government land lots.
However, both the acquisition plans expired in 2014.
Kidex Sdn Bhd applied to renew the plans with the Malaysian Highway Authority on May 2, 2014, for Selangor and on Aug 4, 2014, for Kuala Lumpur.
Both applications are still pending.
The Section 8 land acquisition plans for Kidex will be finalised and submitted to the government upon completion of the detailed design within one month of approval for the project by the Federal government.