DAMANSARA Legenda residents are unhappy over the impact of the incoming LRT3 project on their Petaling Jaya neighbourhood, particularly the track alignment that will run parallel with the neighbourhood’s perimeter wall.
Damansara Legenda Residents and Owners Association (PPPDL) president Rick Low said the project would have a negative physical, social and economic impact on the neighbourhood.
“There will be greater noise and air pollution, intrusion of privacy, traffic congestion and loss of mature trees, among other problems,” he said, adding that residents’ quality of life would also be affected.
“Some of the houses will be located within 13m to 22m from the incoming LRT3 train track. We were told that the track would ‘overhang’ the existing 400m perimeter wall that separates our houses from the New Klang Valley Expressway (NKVE).”
Low said residents also objected to the location of the Damansara Legenda LRT station and park-and-ride facility, which would be next to their residential area.
“We are worried about the impact of the construction work as the perimeter wall is next to Jalan Legenda Puteri 1, which serves as the main access to most houses in Damansara Legenda.
“Most residents use this road to get in and out of their homes. What will happen if someone driving or walking past gets hit by construction debris?” he asked.
“We are not against the LRT3 project as we know it will help address transportation issues and benefit the general public,” said PPPDL treasurer Puan Sri Karen Lim.
“What we are unhappy with is the lack of planning and the manner in which the alignment has been made, without taking into account the impact it will have on houseowners.
“The project will also have a negative effect on the surroundings and the environment, such as the unnecessary chopping of trees,” said Lim, a resident since 2006.
Damansara Legenda is an upscale gated-and-guarded neighbourhood consisting of 104 semi-detached houses and 15 bungalows.
Along with its adjacent neighbourhood Idaman Villas, more than 1,000 residents are expected to be affected by the project.
LRT3 is set to connect Bandar Utama in Petaling Jaya to Johan Setia in Klang, with 26 stations along a 37km route.
The construction for LRT3 began in the second quarter of 2017 and is expected to be completed by 2020.
Low said residents first found out about the project in July 2015, during a presentation by project owner Prasarana Malaysia Bhd.
“We wrote letters stating our objections, but didn’t receive any formal replies and were kept in the dark on the project’s details for two years,” he said.
“In November 2017, LRT3 project delivery partner MRCB George Kent Sdn Bhd said it would be conducting a dilapidation survey in Damansara Legenda,” said PPPDL committee member Chong Pang Chong.
“This is a inspection of the existing condition of houses before any construction or development commences. If the condition of any house in the neighbourhood deteriorates or is damaged during the work stage, the developer will have to compensate the houseowner.”
Low said it was at that point residents discovered that the project was underway, with MRCB George Kent Sdn Bhd stating that it would be proceeding with land acquisition and construction work under the Railways Act 1991.
“A viable alternative would be for the LRT3 track to be relocated across the NKVE to the Aman Suria commercial area,” he said, adding that this would benefit more LRT users.
“An overview of the land there suggests that there is enough space for the station and park-and-ride facility with 600 bays.”
Low said PPPDL also questioned the proximity of the Damansara Legenda and Lumi Tropicana stations on the LRT3 route, as they were only about 700m apart and would take not more than a 30-second train ride.
He hoped that the authorities would look into their objections and amend the LRT3 alignment.
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