Residents worry over proximity of proposed station

DAMANSARA Utama residents are unhappy that they were not included in a survey conducted for the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the Light Rail Transit 3 (LRT3) line from Bandar Utama to Klang.

They raised their dissatisfaction during a dialogue between Prasarana Malaysia Berhad (Prasarana) and SS21 and SS22 residents that was organised by Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua and Damansara Utama assembyman Yeo Bee Yin on Saturday afternoon.

Several residents expressed worry over the proximity of the proposed Damansara Utama station to their homes.

The worry increased when Prasarana executive vice-president Norlia Noah presented a slide showing three alignment choices, with the objection rates ranging “high” and “moderate” in certain areas, but noted as “low” in Damansara Utama.

There was an outcry from residents and property owners, numbering over 30, as they claimed they were not consulted in the EIA report.

Some who live in Jalan SS21/13 and Jalan SS21/42A were even more vocal when the issue of land acquisition was brought up.

“We never met any surveyor or anyone to obtain our views, and the residents association, as the official body representing the residents, never dealt with anyone either,” said Damansara Utama Residents and Owners Association (Duroa) committee member Ian Wong.

Duroa president Rajes Patel and Wong said the EIA, was not comprehensive enough, and they would be writing to the Department of Environment on the matter.

Prasarana group communications and strategic marketing head Lim Jin Aun, also present at the dialogue, acknowledged the oversight.

Both Lim and Norlia also explained that the station’s placement and the new alignment was not yet confirmed, and that Prasarana depended on the residents’ feedback to refine the route further.

“This has not been set in stone yet, and although the display of the alignment at Petaling Jaya City Council’s headquarter has been delayed, you can still view the proposed alignment at the Taman Jaya station.

“You need to write in officially during the three-month publicity period so that your views are counted,” said Lim. Prasarana employees also gave feedback forms to the residents.

Pua, who opened the dialogue, voiced his support for LRT3, stating it would help reduce traffic congestion in the Klang Valley.

He, however, expressed concern over how the stations and routes would be constructed, citing the Kelana Jaya and Taman Bahagian LRT stations as failed examples.

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