DAMANSARA Utama residents do notwant the Damansara-Puchong Highway(LDP) to be expanded into their residentialarea along Jalan SS21/44, which is adjacentto the highway.
Linkaran Trans Kota Holdings Bhd (Litrak) had announced that it would spend RM84 mil to upgrade the Taman Tun Dr Ismail Interchange at Km6.8 (The Star, Aug 29).
The plan is to build a flyover leading to Taman Tun Dr Ismail and this was unveiled to residents during a meeting on Aug 30 between PJ Utara MP Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun, representatives of the Damansara Utama Residents and Owners Association (DUROA) and officers from Litrak.
The plan calls for the removal of the entire stretch of greenery between the residents’ homes and the highway and push the sound barrier back up to the trunk road.
DUROA president Mohd Pancha Abdullah said the officers gave the excuse that the highway was only meant for 50,000 cars a day but the road was now being used by 100,000 cars a day.
“All these roads used to be residential roads before they made it into a highway, that’s why they have a problem now,” said Mohd Pancha.
“Don’t just pass the problem to the residents. The government should build another highway and divert traffic away from the LDP instead of letting Litrak expand their highway.”
Several residents claimed past experiences with Litrak as the reason for the early protest.
“Although they have said they will not start work without consulting us, they had already done surveys in the area and placed markers all along the roads a month before meeting with us,” said DUROA secretary Rajes Patel.
“When we asked the surveyors then what they were doing, they said it was for pipe laying. Now, Litrak says they want to build a flyover.”
“We didn’t have a chance to influence the highway from being built, and when they built it, they refused to build the sound barrier,” said resident Bharat Avalani.
“It took more than a year (of writing letters and meetings) to get Litrak to build a wall.”
J.H. Yong said that prior to the wall being built, Litrak’s own surveyors had already said the noise pollution was hazardous to health.
“Now that they want to take it down to build this flyover, it will be worse,” said Yong. “My house vibrates each time a heavy lorry trailer drives on the existing flyover.”
Zainuddin Ahmad Zakaria, meanwhile, said SK Damansara Utama was also located along Jalan SS21/44 and it was already congested when the children were dropped off and fetched from school.
Aside from worsening the traffic on the trunk road, Zainuddin said, the closer distance between the highway and the school would mean more pollution and dust that would affect the children’s health.
Some 50 residents from all over the neighbourhood gathered and met up with Damansara Utama assemblyman Datuk C.K. Lim to voice their protest on Saturday.
Lim said he would help the residents voice their grouses at the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) and the state assembly.
“MBPJ will request for the plans from Litrak and I will write a letter to our (Selangor) MB (Datuk Dr Mohamad Khir Toyo) to help gazette the green patch as a green lung,” said Lim.
Residents have already written a protest memorandum and will submit it to the Malaysian Highway Authority (LLM), Works Minister Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu and MBPJ.