PJD Link developer acknowledges cabinet's announcement, awaits official notification


THE developer of the Petaling Jaya Dispersal Link (PJD Link) Expressway, PJD Link (M) Sdn Bhd, has acknowledged the Cabinet’s announcement on the PJD Link project and is awaiting official government notification.

In a statement outlining their position on this project, they said they believed it remains a viable project that benefits the people.

“PJD Link is a RM4.4bil project with vast economic spillovers that will benefit many. It is projected to provide an estimated 12,000 jobs and generate RM31bil in total economic output. PJD Link is also intended to be fully privately funded, with no expenditure from the state or Federal Government.”

“It is also a crucial infrastructure that coincides with the rapid development of Selangor, where a congestion-free connection between Kinrara and Damansara is still needed. The highway is designed as a traffic dispersal system to connect with seven major highways and 11 interchanges to boost connectivity among townships and reduce congestion,” the statement said.

The developer said this project, which is owned by the Federal Government through the Works Ministry, had already been thoroughly scrutinised by all relevant ministries and regulatory bodies.

“These concluded with the approval of the Environment Impact Assessment (EIA), Traffic Impact Assessment (TIA) and Social Impact Assessment (SIA) reports.”

“The unfulfilled conditions, as mentioned by Communications Minister Fahmi Fadzil, were due to the Conditions Precedent (CP), which took longer than expected due to the complexities of this project.”

“While we acknowledge the public's concerns, the project also garnered widespread support from the stakeholders along the alignment. Its holistic economic and social benefits promise to significantly enhance sustainability and well-being across Selangor and the broader Klang Valley region,” the statement added.

The developer said they were also in the midst of studying requests to review the alignment of the highway.

“We are enthusiastic about the opportunity to address any misconceptions surrounding PJD Link and engage in ongoing discussions about this vital infrastructure project, which promises significant and enduring socio-economic advantages.”

“We will continue to work alongside the relevant government agencies, including the Federal and state (governments), to see how this project can be viable for the people of Selangor and the greater Klang Valley as well.”

Meanwhile, some residents from the MBPJ Watch group on social media raised some questions following the Cabinet’s announcement, particularly about the unfilled conditions.

“It’s a relief, but I hope there will not be another newly named project that replicates Kidex and PJD Link for this, moving forward,” said one Facebook user.

“Halt only, but when the same developer or another developer who can meet the 11 requirements by the government, then a possibility of a revival or new agreement is very likely.”

Another social media user said: “There is no nod from residents nor will there ever be a nod. There is nothing positive that PJD Link can offer residents. Every impact study has come back with the same conclusion.”

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