PETALING Jaya residents want the Malaysian Highway Authority and relevant bodies to keep them informed on the proposed Kinrara-Damansara Expressway (Kidex) from the get-go.
They said they should be included in the decision-making process.
The residents, mostly senior citizens, added that they were worried their houses might be acquired for the highway project.
They said the Government should provide better public transport such as the LRT or bus services, instead.
It was earlier reported that 3,784 lots of land, mostly in Petaling Jaya, might be acquired by the Government for the purpose.
The matter was first highlighted by Bukit Gasing assemblyman Rajiv Rishyakaran and Petaling Jaya City councillor Lee Suet Sen.
About 200 residents from the Section 19 neighbourhood gathered with their elected representatives to voice their concerns over the proposed expressway on two different occasions last week.
Section 19 Residents Association chairman Tan Yew Leong said the residents were not notified about the proposed highway project.
However, lot numbers of properties that might be acquired for the project were displayed at the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) lobby.
There was also a copy of a letter from the Land and Mines Department and the Natural Resources and Environment Ministry on the matter.
“I was shocked to discover that many houses in my neighbourhood, including mine, might be acquired for this project.
“We want the authorities to have a dialogue session with the residents before any plans are finalised.
“Some of us have lived here for over 40 years and are upset over this news,” said Tan.
He said the residents welcomed any improvement to the public transportation system.
“The Government should spend the money allocated for Kidex and build more LRT stations or improve the public bus system,” said Tan.
Rajiv, meanwhile, said it would be a good move if the highway could divert traffic away from Petaling Jaya.
He added, however, that residents must be given adequate information so that they can make a decision.
“Provide briefings and keep the residents informed.
“We want room for discussions and negotiations,” said Rajiv.
Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua said he had raised the issue in Parliament last Tuesday.
He said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Sri Abdul Wahid Omar had said that the proposed Kidex highway alignment would start from Bandar Utama, Damansara to Bandar Kinrara, Puchong, stretching 12.5km.
The proposed highway was agreed upon only in principal by the Government, but no concessionaire has been assigned the project.
The Government is carrying out detailed studies and discussions and plans will be finalised by the year-end.
Kidex is estimated to cost RM2.2bil.
Those keen to check if their lots of land may be affected can do so at the MBPJ office or Rajiv’s office.