A GROUP of residents held a protest outside the Kajang Municipal Council's (MPKj) headquarters to object against over-development in Kajang, specifically at Jalan Bukit.
They also handed over a petition urging MPKj to stop several construction projects along Jalan Bukit until public engagement is done and residents have given their input.
Jalan Bukit Residents Association chairman V. Subramaniam said the development would affect some 3,000 houses and apartments from seven areas, namely Jalan Bukit, Taman Bukit, Taman Kajang Jaya, Taman Kajang, Taman Bukit Permai, Taman Kajang Sentral and Taman Bukit Mewah.
The projects in question are Prima @ Kajang and Nexus comprising 1,202 apartments across three blocks on a 3.2ha land, as well as Boulevard II comprising 604 apartments in a single tower on 1ha of land.
"Jalan Bukit is a main artery leading to Kajang town. There are five schools, one college, a church, as well as MRT and KTM Komuter stations along this road," said Subramaniam.
"The 1.2km is a single carriageway road, with very little space for expansion, as houses and buildings are located close to the road."
He said the upcoming projects would add 1,806 households and a similar amount of vehicles to Jalan Bukit upon its expected completion in 2022.
"Jalan Bukit is already congested on a regular basis and the existing infrastructure cannot cope with such increase in population and vehicles," said Subramaniam.
"The congestion will have a spillover effect on Jalan Semenyih, Jalan Sungai Chuah, Jalan Cheras and Silk Expressway."
He said residents were unaware of the developments that started in May, as no notices were placed at the project sites and no public hearings on the projects were held.
"We only found out the project details after we highlighted our plight to Kajang assemblyman Hee Loy Sian and we attended a meeting with MPKj in August," said Subramaniam.
"However, MPKj failed to address our concerns on the basis of approvals for the projects and their impact on residents and Jalan Bukit users.
"Residents have also been unable to view the traffic impact assessment, road safety assessment and technical reports on the developments."
Subramaniam added that MPKj has yet to draw up proper plans to address traffic congestion along Jalan Bukit, and appeared to have passed on the responsibility to the developers.
"Residents were informed that the traffic classification for Jalan Bukit is grade F (forced or breakdown flow, with frequent slowing required)," said Taman Bukit resident V. Vivehananthan.
"As part of the condition for the planning approval, the developer is supposed to upgrade Jalan Bukit into a dual carriageway to improve the status to grade D.
"Even if it is possible to expand the road, how long can the grade D status last before traffic worsens again?" he asked.
Subramaniam said they are appealing to MPKj to engage residents before giving approvals for projects, as they want Kajang's development to be balanced and sustainable.
The petition, which included some 620 signatures, was handed over to MPKj Corporate and Community Department head Kamaruzaman Salimin.
When contacted, MPKj said the matter was being investigated by its technical departments and the council would issue a statement on it soon.