THERE is a ramp at the Mont Kiara Interchange that prevents traffic from Sri Hartamas and the Kerinchi Link to have direct access to the Penchala Link.
This causes massive traffic congestion during peak hours and traffic safety issues as motorists are currently forced to use a common temporary entrance to get to Mont Kiara, NKVE and the Penchala Link.
The multi-level Mont Kiara Interchange allows traffic to exit to the Kuala Lumpur City Centre/NKVE (New Klang Valley Expressway) and Kerinchi Link via the Jalan Duta Interchange and Kerinchi Interchange.
The ramp, which was completed along with the Penchala Link three years ago, is not open to motorists due to a land dispute between the landowner and the Government.
“Sprint is prepared to open the ramp at any time. However, the land has yet to be made available by the authorities,” said Sprint communications manager Zuhri Iskandar Kamarzaman.
“If the ramp is opened to motorists, we’ll also build a slip road next to it for direct access to Mont Kiara. The temporary entrance to Mont Kiara would be closed to allow smoother traffic flow to Jalan Duta/NKVE.”
Sprint (Sistem Penyuraian Trafik KL Barat Sdn Bhd) is the concessionaire for the Kerinchi, Penchala and Damansara Links.
The ramp measures 530m in length and cost RM10 million to build. It is located on a piece of land that reportedly has a market value of RM6mil.
The two-lane ramp, when open, will provide an easy access for traffic from Sri Hartamas and the Kerinchi Link into the Penchala Link without obstructing traffic going to NKVE and Mont Kiara.
“When the issue was first brought to my attention, the original landowner had put in an application to the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL), probably with the intention to develop some condominiums.
“The DBKL set a condition for a setback to allow construction of the highway.
“The original landowner started some construction work, but stopped presumably due to financial difficulties, and, somewhere along the way, the land went to another landowner.
“The new owner now claims that the Government has to pay them to acquire that stretch of land, hence the ridiculous situation we’re caught in,” said Segambut MP Datuk Dr Tan Kee Kwong.
“I’ve asked the DBKL and the Federal Territory Land and Mines Department to resolve this issue, as the unopened ramp has caused untold misery to motorists,” he said.
A representative from the Federal Territory Land and Mines Department said the Government would most likely be going to court to settle the issue.
“We submitted the relevant documents to the Attorney-General’s Chambers three years ago, but there hasn’t been any new developments since then,” he said.
Meanwhile, Sunrise Bhd customer service general manager Joachim Ng, who was speaking on behalf of residents and office workers in Sunrise Mont'Kiara, said that they would prefer to have both the temporary entrance and slip road to get to Mont Kiara.
“Our main cause of concern is the Sri Hartamas traffic lights. The temporary entrance bypasses them, but we’ll have to pass the traffic lights if we are to use the slip road,” Ng said.
“If both roads are open, those who are coming from the Phileo Damansara, Bukit Kiara and Bangsar direction can head to Mont Kiara via the temporary entrance; those coming from Desa Sri Hartamas and Taman Sri Hartamas can go to Mont Kiara via the slip road.”