NEGOTIATIONS between the Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) and the Kuala Langat District Council (MDKL) on payment for the flyover in Kota Kemuning has resulted in the project’s delay.
MBSA is asking MDKL to pay for 70% of the flyover’s construction cost from the development charge cash pool paid to them by townships using the soon-to-be built flyover.
The flyover will be built at the first roundabout after exiting the Kesas highway onto Persiaran Anggerik Mokara, a heavily congested route.
Several new townships being built in MDKL’s jurisdiction will be using the same road as an access route, which would mean additional traffic.
MBSA councillor Tan Ah Kow said they had had two meetings with MDKL representatives on the issue but no decision had been made yet.
“MBSA will fork out 30% as our residents will be using the flyover as well. We cannot start work on the flyover yet as the cost is too high,” added Tan.
While waiting for the project to come through, Tan said MBSA would begin road-widening works as promised earlier.
He expects work to begin at the end of the year since the Engineering Department is currently preparing the Bill of Quantity (BQ) followed by the call for tender.
Meanwhile, Kota Kemuning Residents Association chairman Mohd Radhi Cheah said the cost of the flyover should be borne by both councils.
He said it was unfair for only MBSA to pay for the construction when residents under MDKL’s jurisdiction would also benefit from the road.
“My personal opinion is that if MDKL is not willing to pay its share for the flyover, maybe the access roads to their developments can be closed off and they can build a new one that exits on to the Elite highway,” he added.
Radhi said with the new developments, congestion was bound to increase especially with people using a new access to head into the Elite highway.
At present, motorists from Shah Alam are using the Shah Alam-Kemuning Highway (LKSA) to access private roads to get to the Elite highway during the day.
Radhi said they had seen an increase in vehicles even during off-peak hours due to this.
He also expressed his disappointment over the lack of information regarding the delay despite requesting for an answer from MBSA in the past.
Following the lack of information from MBSA’s side, Kota Kemuning Zone 26 Residents Representation Committee (JPP) chairman Jackie Chew Soo Mee has sent out letters to the council and elected representatives demanding answers.
“The JPP wrote a letter to the Engineering Department director, the councillor, as well as the assemblyman to follow up on the delay,” she added.
Chew said they wanted to know the reasons for the delay. “With the Kesas highway expansion progressing fast with four lanes soon, it will get even worse. We hope to get a new schedule that MBSA will stick to,” she added.
When contacted, MDKL president Mohd Azhar Mohamed Ali said they had not received a conclusive decision on the amount to be contributed as yet.
“The application for 70% is not true as we have yet to decide on the amount.
“In fact, MBSA is in charge of the documents and nothing has been negotiated thus far,” he said.
MDKL, he said, was committed to providing good infrastructure to ratepayers in line with the state government’s vision of a developed state.
“Due to this, we need to scrutinise each development and infrastructure in the district to ensure it gives a positive impact to our residents,” he stressed.