THE Malaysian Highway Authority (MHA) has agreed to convey to the Public Works Department (PWD) the request by Sri Petaling residents for a temporary stop-work order on a highway project in Sri Petaling.
MHA director of special projects Shukor Mohamad made this promise to some 200 residents who turned up for a dialogue session on Saturday to discuss the controversial KL-Putrajaya Highway. Also present at the dialogue were Seputeh MP Teresa Kok and MCA representatives, who promised residents that they would meet up with Works Minister Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu to resolve the matter.
The residents’ main concern was that the authorities ignored all issues pertaining to safety and the impact on the environment when approving the project.
They were also angry that they were kept in the dark about the project and urged Kok to bring the matter up in Parliament.
Their major grouse was that the highway was being built two metres from their houses.
“To have our backyards facing a highway is suicide. I have children and I do not want to worry about them when I am at work,” said a resident who only wished to be identified as Tan.
Resident Lau Kien Foh, who was mediating the discussion between the residents and MHA said: “I am not against development but it is unacceptable to have development at the risk of people’s lives.”
Another resident asked why there was no signboard giving details about the project.
“Normally if there is a project in the neighbourhood, an information board would be put up. Why is there none in Sri Petaling?” he asked.
According to plans, the six-lane KL-Putrajaya highway will begin at the Pandan roundabout and lead to Putrajaya. It will pass though the Sri Petaling residential area.
The highway connects Salak South to Sri Petaling via Jalan 2/149 before continuing to Bukit Jalil. The stretch in Sri Petaling, measuring about 1.25km, will be an elevated structure to be built in Jalan 2/149, which is only 33m wide.
Residents are arguing that the elevated highway will be a six-lane carrier and is only a mere two metre away from the existing residential homes. Residents pointed out that according to PWD guidelines, a highway required a minimum width reserve of 60m.
MHA said it could not answer as the questions were beyond its scope, but promised to forward the queries to the authority concerned.
The 26km KL-Putrajaya highway project was initially supposed to start in 1997 but was shelved. The project is now expected to be completed next year.