THE Say No To Dash (SNTD) group lauded the move by Selangor Mentri Besar Azmin Ali to cancel the controversial Kinrara Damansara Expressway (Kidex) as a precedent for all future developments.
In a statement, SNTD said Azmin’s decision showed that the interests of the people, especially their safety and homes, were important.
The group hoped that the same pledge would be made when making the right decision for the Damansara-Shah Alam Highway (Dash).
In the statement, it was stated that Dash had been given the green light from Putrajaya through an announcement made by Works Minister Datuk Fadillah Yusof in January, but the approval was backdated to the expiry of the concession agreement on Dec 25 last year.
SNTD had previously met with Fadillah on Dec 2 last year and a copy of the approved Traffic Impact Assessment (TIA) and Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) were obtained later.
SNTD said they had noted flaws in both studies and presented them to Azmin.
In addition, SNTD said the consultation of affected residents was glaringly incomplete — where residents of Damansara Perdana directly affected by the alignment were not included in any consultations or surveys.
The group said over 5,000 signatures were collected from those objecting the highway project and presented to Fadillah and Azmin.
Recently, SNTD submitted 728 representation forms objecting to Dash in Damansara for the Selangor Structural Plan 2035 Exploratory Report.
On Jan 25, Fadillah had announced that the concessionaire would consider in re-aligning the last segment of the proposed highway.
SNTD has since sent in a meeting request to Fadillah on Feb 4, to enable discussion but the request had not been acknowledged by the Works Ministry.
“We would like to emphasise once again that the SNTD is not against development nor the entirety of Dash but only on the alignment of the third segment of the highway which is the Damansara segment and specially through the densely populated Damansara Perdana,” the statement added.
The team is now urging Azmin to swiftly make a stand of Dash and its realignment away from Damansara Perdana.