THE Selangor government has been urged to soon make a stand on the proposed Damansara-Shah Alam Highway (Dash) project.
Representatives from the Say No To Dash group are urging Selangor Mentri Besar Azmin Ali to apply the same standards for the approval of Dash as he did to Kidex.
The group said the silence from the state government was deafening despite the submission of a 5,000-signature petition by the affected residents in Damansara Perdana against the project.
Group representative Michelle Wong said about 20,000 people would be affected by the highway if it passed through Damansara Perdana.
“We would like to stress that we are not opposing the entire stretch of the highway project, only the parcel running through Damansara Perdana,” she said, adding that the state should have made a stand after the concession agreement for Dash expired in December last year.
“Now the Federal Government announced that an extension has been given,” she added.
The representatives said this after voicing their objections on the project to the State Town and Country Planning Department.
The hearing was held in response to their written objection submission of the Selangor Structural Plan 2035 Exploratory Report that included the Dash and five other highways.
A total of 728 forms from residents in Petaling Jaya, specifically from Damansara Perdana, Mutiara Damansara and Kota Damansara, were submitted during the 15-minute hearing.
Among the reasons for objections were lack of details in the structural plan, failure to meet conditions of the approval including a flawed Environmental Assessment report (EIA) as well as the Traffic Impact Assessment (TIA) Report, and danger to residents due to the proximity of the highway.
A residents’ representative Alvin Chin said both the reports were flawed and did not take into account Damansara Perdana residents.
The safety of people would be at risk because the highway would be only 11m away from a high-density condominium.
Another representative, Faisal Ahmad Fadzil said the alignment of Dash seemed like an ad hoc decision.
He said the realignment through Damansara Perdana was done after residents of Mutiara Damansara objected to the highway running through their neighbourhood.
The group urged the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) to conduct an independent review.
The group also submitted another application under the Freedom of Information with regard to details of Dash’s conditional approval in April 2012 and other approvals since then.
“The state government has 30 days to respond to this application,” said Chin.
The details from the hearing will be forwarded to the state government before the new Draft Structure Plan is put on public display in August or September.