Highway concessionaire says Kidex will bring better traffic dispersal and reduce congestion

Addressing issues: Idrus (right) addressing the crowd on the Kinrara-Damansara Expressway (Kidex). With him are Megat Mohd Yusof (left) and Shamsuddin.

RESIDENTS from more than 10 neighbourhoods have been assured that the proposed the Kinrara-Damansara Expressway (Kidex) will reduce traffic congestion.

In a meeting with members of residents associations and Rukun Tetangga from PJS 1 to 5, Section 3, Section 5, Section 16 and Section 17 Petaling Jaya, Taman Sri Manja, Kampung Lindungan, Petaling Utama and Medan Cahaya, Kidex Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Datuk Mohd Nor Idrus presented traffic studies the company had conducted and explained the highway’s possible impact as well as benefits to residents.

During the question-and-answer session, Kidex shareholders representative Anand Subramaniam emphasised that once in operation, Kidex would be a traffic dispersal road as many motorists used Petaling Jaya to get to other areas.

Among those who attended the briefing were Section 3 Petaling Jaya Rukun Tetangga chairman Shamsuddin Hassan, Section 5 Residents Association president Mohamed Rafiq Fazaldin, Petaling Permai Flats Residents Association chairman (Block G, H, I, J, K, L and Q) Megat Mohd Yusof and Taman Medan Baru Rukun Tetangga secretary S. Thavakumar.

Kidex head of group strategic communications, Datin Hasnah Abd Rahman highlighted that the dumping ground near Pangsapuri Petaling Permai, which for years had been a bane for residents, would be cleared and the vicinity cleaned up as it was the identified site for a toll plaza.

Shamsuddin said congested roads in the area had delayed ambulances and fire trucks.

He said if Kidex could improve traffic here and prevent loss of lives and property resulting from emergency services being held up in a jam, then he was all for the highway.

“Selangor is a prosperous state and we can expect more congestion in the future,” said Rafiq, adding that more vehicles were added on the roads each year and he was hopeful the project would help alleviate worsening congestion.

Thavakumar believes that with the completion of Kidex, congestion from residential roads will be reduced.

“We need modern infrastructures for a modern city,” he said, adding that the presence of such infrastructure might also encourage more foreign investors.

Petaling Permai Flats residents Widya Marimin, 35, and Mariam Mat, 52, said they knew little about Kidex but felt more informed after the briefing.

“It is good to hear that it can reduce traffic but I do not like paying more toll,” said Widya.

However, Mariam was happy that Kidex stated it would clear away the dumpsite near the flats.

“There are snakes at the dumping ground next to our apartments and we often have to call the firemen when the reptiles get into our premises,” she said.

Mohd Nor also addressed criticisms regarding the highway’s construction cost, saying that its cost would naturally be higher as Kidex was a fully elevated highway and would require more funds for the necessary equipment, among others.

Kidex is estimated to cost RM2.42bil and will cut across Petaling Jaya from the New Klang Valley Expressway’s Damansara exit, before ending at the Bukit Jalil Highway.

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