‘PJD Link concessionaire yet to submit assessment reports’

Rajiv questions how the concession agreement was signed when the highway alignment has yet to be confirmed.

THE Petaling Jaya Dispersal Elevated Highway (PJD Link) concessionaire has yet to submit the necessary reports, including the confirmed alignment of the highway, to the Selangor government.

State infrastructure and public amenities, agriculture modernisation and agro-based industry committee chairman Izham Hashim said the state had emphasised that the concessionaire must prepare and receive the necessary approvals, such as the social impact assessment (SIA), traffic impact assessment (TIA) and the environment impact assessment (EIA).

“It also has to resolve issues related to protests in the affected areas before submitting its application to the Selangor State Economic Action Council (MTES),” he added.

Izham said this in reply to a question from Rajiv Rishyakaran (PH-Bukit Gasing) on the status of the proposed highway.

He added that the concessionaire’s spokesperson had informed the state government that there were changes to the original highway alignment approved in the concession agreement.

“We were informed that the SIA will be done once the alignment is confirmed,” he said.

Izham stressed that the state government would not “approve anything” if the highway concessionaire does not submit the official impact assessment reports.

“They signed the highway agreement at federal level but at state level, there is no new development on this PJD Link issue,” he said.

Rajiv then remarked that there were many processes involved before PJD Link could go to the approval stage.

“It will take some time as they have to fulfil many important requirements such as presenting the required reports.

“However, I question the Federal Government on how it could have signed the concession agreement when even the highway alignment has not been confirmed,” he said.

The agreement was signed by PJD Link on April 5 this year with the Malaysian Highway Authority.

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