MAJU Expressway (MEX) concessionaire has submitted a plan to set up a toll plaza at the Serdang interchange of the highway, causing Seri Kembangan residents to worry of impending toll charges.
Seri Kembangan assemblyman and state local government committee chairman Ean Yong Hian Wah said Subang Jaya municipal councillor Tai Cheng Heng confirmed that concessionaire Maju Expressway Sdn Bhd had submitted the request to the Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) recently.
The 16.5km-long elevated link through Seri Kembangan is the first such interchange in Selangor for the MEX alignment.
“The concessionaire has asked for planning permission for a single-storey toll plaza with five lanes somewhere near Taman Serdang Heights,” he had said at a press conference on the issue.
Ean Yong said residents were concerned with the latest developments as they had requested earlier for the interchange to remain toll-free.
Although there was no confirmation on the exact toll amount, Ean Yong said Deputy Works Minister Datuk Rosnah Abdul Rashid Shirlin had suggested in July for the rate to be RM2.20.
“I have sent a letter to the concessionaire asking for the toll rate to be disclosed but we have not received any news, so far,” he added.
The proposed RM2.20 rate would be in addition to the RM3.50 charges to Putrajaya or RM2 on the Besraya Highway to Kuala Lumpur through the Salak South toll plaza.
This would mean motorists would pay between RM4.20 and RM5.70 for a one-way trip to their destination.
Serdang MP Dr Ong Kian Ming, who was present at the press conference, said he could not get hold of the toll concessionaire’s agreement at the Malaysian Highway Authority (MHA).
“MEX is the only concessionaire that does not allow the public to view the agreement,” he added.
He said the agreement would state the revenue earned from the toll, the frequency of toll increments allowed and the amount allowed for each increment.
Ean Yong and Ong also questioned the need for toll chargessince a bulk of the cost of the highway was financed by the Government which had forked out RM20mil on land acquisition with additional soft loans for the RM112mil project.
“The people asked for an alternative route but did not expect the extra charges and they need the interchange because it will reduce travel time. We will hold a protest if toll charges are implemented,” he added.
Serdang MCA division chairman Datuk Liew Yuen asked that reasonable rates be imposed so that the people would not be burdened.
He said the appeal for an interchange to ease traffic congestion in the area began in 2000.
“We wanted the Government to finance the entire project but were told that it would be partially funded and there was an understanding that the toll charges would be at an affordable rate,” he said.
Liew also said they had suggested RM1.50 previously and that the proposed RM2.20 was negotiable.