State in the dark

THE state government is still in the dark over the proposed Petaling Jaya Dispersal Link (PJD) highway plan, which some residents believe to be a new version of the Kinrara-Damansara Expressway (Kidex).

Proposed plans for the PJD, which showed a similar route to Kidex, was dropped into letter boxes of about 50 houses along Jalan 14/15 last Sunday.

“So far, we have not received any official information about this proposal and we have yet to have any discussions,” said the state infrastructure and public facilities committee chairman Zaidy Abdul Talib.

He added that the state will have to see the proposal in detail first, if there is one, to assess the project properly.

“We can only comment once we have seen the proposal,” he said.

Petaling Jaya mayor Mohd Azizi Mohd Zain also denied having received any applications for the PJD.

Based on the pamphlet distributed, this 34km highway is meant to connect Petaling Jaya with Damansara and Bandar Kinrara to reduce congestion along the Damansara-Puchong Highway.

Comprising of four lanes with eight interchanges, this tolled highway will take about three years to complete.

The highway is described as a link that connects to major highways such as the New Klang Valley Expressway (NKVE), Federal Highway, New Pantai Expressway (NPE) and Shah Alam Highway (Kesas).

But unlike the Kidex, this new proposed alignment does not cut through the busy one-way loop (OWL) in Petaling Jaya.

This proposed route goes through Sprint - Jalan Harapan - Rothmans Roundabout - Jalan Semangat - Federal Highway - Templer Roundabout - NPE - Kesas and ends at Kinrara.

“Shouldn’t the authorities be doing something about this and investigate how such pamphlets or brochures can be printed and distributed before plans are submitted to the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ)?” said Section 14 (Jalan 14/1-14/15) residents association (RA) chairman Selva Sugumaran Perumal.

As one of the residents who received the pamphlet, he urged MBPJ to look into the company behind the project.

A further check by residents showed that the address printed on the pamphlet belonged to another company in charge of Kidex.

“When we went to the office, they denied involvement in the project,” said Say No To Kidex (SNTK) committee member Mak Khuin Weng.

Apart from Section 14 residents, the other neighbourhoods involved have not received any pamphlets about the PJD.

Section 5 residents association (RA) president Mohamed Rafiq Fazaldin said he has yet to see the pamphlet.

“I have not received it but I have heard about it. I am not surprised though because we need new roads in Petaling Jaya as the existing ones are really old, dating back to the 1950s,” he said.

Rafiq added that if infrastructure development in the city was halted then the city cannot progress.

Roads in the city now are mostly congested and with the increase in traffic, new roads may be needed.

“I am not saying I am against it or for it but I just don’t want our narrow residential roads to be turned into connecting roads for motorists to cut through.

“Like Jalan Gasing for example, it is a nightmare just to get out of my housing area. I am stuck there everyday,” he said.

The PJD might help provide smoother traffic dispersal but at the same time, all factors need to be looked into as well such as proper information dissemination and study of the area.

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