Residents unhappy over proposed LRT3 track‘s close proximity to houses

Damansara Legenda Owners and Residents Association are urging the authorities to readjust the proposed LRT3 alignment to be constructed near Legenda Putera.

DAMANSARA Legenda residents in Petaling Jaya are unhappy that a short stretch of the proposed Light Rail Transit 3 (LRT3) line will run parallel with their perimeter wall.

Majority of the families living in the 118 homes off Jalan Legenda Puteri 1 say a proposed pillar of the elevated rail line above the New Klang Valley Expressway (NKVE) was only about 13m away from the wall.

Owned by Prasarana Malaysia Bhd, LRT3 is a 37km transit line that will connect Bandar Utama and Klang.

Damansara Legenda Owners and Residents Association president Rick Low said they want the LRT3 alignment to be rerouted where it would be across the NKVE, closer to Jalan Bukit Mayang Emas 1/2.

“We feel this is an ideal stretch for the line to run as it will be closer to the commercial area of Bukit Mayang Emas and there is space for the pillars to be built,” he said.

Low added that the proposed pillars along the NKVE would be higher than the roofs of houses in Damansara Legenda.

Structural engineer Chong P.C., a resident of the area for eight years, said the boring method of construct the pillars would cause movement in soil and this could damage the sewer lines under Jalan Legenda Puteri 1.

One of the pioneer residents in the neighbourhood, Puan Sri Karen Lim, said the project alignment could cause cracks on the walls of homes when piling works start.

“We fear that the trees along the perimeter wall will also be cut down to facilitate construction of the pillars.

“These trees are precious to us as they act as a natural buffer that absorbs vehicle sounds and dust from the NKVE.

“I have lived here since 2006 and if the alignment is not rerouted, it will bring in more traffic into Jalan 1A/1, once the LRT3 is completed,” she said.

Another resident, Lyndon Yap, hoped Prasarana would consider rerouting the proposed alignment as there was ample land space at Jalan Bukit Mayang Emas 1/2 .

Yap said the residents were told there would be 600 parking bays and a park-and-ride plan, and that a petrol station and fast food outlet adjoining Damansara Legenda would be acquired.

“We are also troubled by the proposal for parking bays as it will encourage more traffic into Jalan 1A/1, which is outside our gated community,” he said.

MRCB George Kent Sdn Bhd, the project delivery partner of Prasarana, in response to the concerns of Damansara Legenda residents, said the plan would go ahead in accordance to the Approved Railway Scheme by SPAD.

Its project director Ong Gin Lip said: “The alignment remains unchanged. The immediate action is to mitigate the residents’ concerns”.

Ong said devices to monitor the noise, air and vibration impact on the area were placed on Nov 13 for a day.

“The devices have been sent to the company’s environment department for data interpretation and analysis.

“We plan to present the data analysis to them hopefully by mid December,” he said.

He added that mitigation plans would include the implementation of the bored piling method.

“Rotary boring method is a suitable and safe way of piling in close proximity to any structure,” he said.

Ong added that crack meters would also be installed in various spots identified for potential cracks during dilapidation survey.

“Data of the said survey will be shared with the residents’ association prior to any drilling. In the event, there are cracks, we will do the necessary and proceed with the repair works,” he said.

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