Still no final say on Kota Kemuning flyover

All ears: Kota Kemuning residents listening intently to the Traffic Impact Assessment briefing by Ikram and MBSA.

KOTA Kemuning residents are still hoping to get the promised flyover in their neighbourhood that was purportedly removed from the Shah Alam Local Draft Plan 2020.

United over the issue, residents who turned up for a traffic briefing with the Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) and Ikram Group Sdn Bhd requested for the flyover from Persiaran Anggerik Mokara into Persiaran Anggerik Malaxis to be included in the traffic dispersal plan.

MBSA and Ikram had come up with a two-phase plan that did not include the flyover, but residents were quick to remind the floor that the latter infrastructure was missing.

The first phase involved seven traffic lights along Persiaran Anggerik Vanilla within a 1.5km stretch in place of the missing flyover.

There were also suggestions to widen the roads to ensure ease of traffic at several roundabouts and junctions at numerous arterial roads in the neighbourhood.

In the second phase, the suggestion was to have three flyovers along Persiaran Mokara as a 10-year plan.

Residents said the missing flyover could ease the traffic congestion on Persiaran Mokara, the main access road into the township.

Kota Kemuning Residents Association chairman Mohd Radhi Cheah said MBSA should give a definitive answer on the status of the flyover since it was left out of the presentation once again.

Quoting the StarMetro’s story “Flyover to be built as planned” dated Jan 20, Mohd Radhi noted MBSA had said the flyover had not been scrapped but found it perplexing that it was not included in the traffic impact assessment.

“You should make a decision and inform us.

“There was a letter from the Selangor Mentri Besar’s office several months ago asking MBSA to look into the matter but the council has not gotten back to us on that either,” he stressed.

Residents also expressed doubt over the proposed number of traffic lights, fearing they would create more congestion.

Another resident, Allan Ang said the flyover would disperse the traffic allowing residents of Canal Gardens and neighbouring areas to use that road instead.

In response to their query, MBSA engineering director Cheremi Tarman said the flyover did not meet safety requirements.

He said the road did not have the necessary length to build the ramp as per safety requirements.

Keeping things in order during the briefing were MBSA councillors Tan Ah Kow and Kamarudzaman Sanusi.

Tan suggested that the number of traffic lights proposed along Persiaran Anggerik Vanilla be reduced to four, including an existing one near Gamuda Walk.

The other proposed three are at the first roundabout on Persiaran Anggerik Mokara, the McDonalds junction and at RHB Bank junction.

“The turnings in between should be closed to ensure safety and smooth traffic flow.

“U-turns will only be allowed at selected areas for residents,” said Tan.

After much deliberation and several suggestions from the residents, Cheremi agreed to bring it back to the council for further discussion.

He said the council had hoped to begin phase one of the project this year so that it could be completed by the end of 2016.

“However with the new feedback from the residents, we will conduct a study again based on the new information,” he added.

Cheremi asked the residents for a month-and-a-half for the proposed amendments to be studied.

He said the first phase plan initially had an estimated cost of RM10mil while the second phase involving the three new flyovers would cost RM90mil.

“If the Persiaran Malaxis flyover requested by the residents is built, that would take another RM25mil.

“We are working together with the developers to see how they can contribute as well,” he added.

Cheremi said MBSA hoped to get funds from the Federal Government, under the 11th Malaysia Plan.

The flyover from Persiaran Mokara into Persiaran Anggerik Malaxis was initially part of the Kota Kemuning master plan but was not included in the draft plan.

Residents have been fighting for it to be built for a number of years now after the traffic congestion at Persiaran Anggerik Mokara has increased immensely, causing massive congestion during peak hours.

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