PETALING Jaya mayor Mohd Azizi Mohd Zain said no application has been received for the Petaling Jaya Dispersal Link (PJD).
Speaking at the Petaling Jaya City Council’s (MBPJ) full board meeting yesterday, he said if an application had been made for the proposed elevated highway to the state government, the council would have been informed as well.
The PJD Link is said to follow a similar route as the Kinrara-Damansara Expressway (Kidex), which was rejected by the state government last year.
It was reported that residents around the Section 14 area had received pamphlets about the link, raising fears that Kidex was being resurrected under a new name.
Section 5 councillor Derek Fernandez said improving public transport was more important.
“In order of priority, we would be looking at say, a Bus Rapid Transit or public transport as the highest priority for that route, followed by pedestrians, and then only a highway,” he said.
The meeting also discussed plans for MBPJ to map and plot the various utility lines and pipes within the city.
Previously, Section 2 councillor Ermeemariana Saadon had raised the issue of delays to drainage upgrades in her area as contractors were not aware of the presence of several underground utility connections.
“Previously, the Selangor Economic Planning Unit (Upen) had been directed by the state government to collate the various underground plans for sewerage, water and telecommunications for the different local authorities,” said Mohd Azizi.
This would have created a comprehensive overall picture and helped the local authorities in terms of planning and carrying out upgrading works, the mayor added.
However, although the utility companies submitted layouts of their local connections, they did not give a city wide layout.
“We’ll have to do it by ourselves, and the Engineering Department will have to look at the cost of carrying out such a survey,” he said.
The issue of Petaling Jaya’s ageing population was also raised by Fernandez, who urged the council to look into planning and zoning for retirement and aged-living communities.
“As at Dec 31 last year, 60% of the city’s population is 45 years and above, and many houses are being converted into old folks homes,” he pointed out.
Fernandez added that while the need for such facilities could be met by private companies, the authorities, including the city council, should come up with initiatives such as affordable housing for poor senior citizens.