AS PART of its efforts to provide information on the upcoming project, Kidex Sdn Bhd (KSB), the concessionaire of the Kinrara-Damansara Expressway (Kidex), recently held a briefing for residents and leaders of residents’ associations (RAs) in Tropicana, Petaling Jaya.
The session, which was held in the Tropicana Clubhouse, saw 20 residents from 11 RAs within the vicinity attending.
The briefing was carried out as part of KSB’s ongoing initiative to provide residents with relevant information about Kidex and to provide a listening ear to queries from the residents and seek their feedback.
Kidex is one of the integral infrastructure projects under the Federal Government’s plan for the Greater Klang Valley, with a view towards alleviating traffic woes for the near and long-term future. The highway will complement public transportation while providing connectivity with other highways in the region.
The briefing was led by KSB chief operating officer Dr Shaharizuan Shafiei, who said, “This session is part of an ongoing effort to engage the public, which is one of the forums to seek feedback from residents along the alignment.
“Our purpose is to continuously provide information on the Kidex expressway so that the public can have a clear view of the project details.
“We have held a number of briefings, including those in Petaling Jaya and Puchong, and we are committed to continue receiving feedback from the public through this forum.”
To-date, a total of 50 RAs and neighbourhood associations under the banner of Rukun Tetangga (RTs), have participated in various residents’ briefing process.
“As a Federal Government project, Kidex is part of an overall traffic dispersal system developed to contribute to efforts to manage traffic within the Klang Valley.
The area is expected to see an increase over time, in the number of vehicles on the road, resulting in further congestion.
“Add this to a number of major high-density developments in the pipeline, especially in Petaling Jaya, there may come a time when traffic might be at a virtual standstill during peak hours.
“As a responsible highway concessionaire, Kidex is keen to provide full information and address the misconceptions about the highway. At the same time, we also welcome constructive feedback from the residents,” Dr Shaharizuan added.
The briefing kicked off with a detailed presentation on the highway.
Overall, the residents expressed satisfaction after receiving first-hand and up-to-date information on the project.
Following the presentation, Kidex officials fielded questions from the residents who comprised professionals from the engineering, legal, financial and other fraternities.
A few residents expressed their concern about disruptions during the construction process while others provided alternative suggestions, especially with regard to the location of on/off ramps that could help to facilitate greater use of the highway.
Each query was addressed in detail by Kidex officials.
“With an anticipated annual increase in the number of cars and the use of internal roads within Petaling Jaya by motorists from adjacent townships, Kidex will be able to act as an effective traffic dispersal system in the Klang Valley, along with other highways envisaged by the Government.
“It will also take cars off the roads within Petaling Jaya, resulting in less-congested roads for use by public transportation such as buses.
“Post Kidex construction, a majority of local roads will see a reduction in traffic. Kidex will also provide connectivity to current and future public transportation lines, including MRT Bandar Utama, MRT TTDI, LRT Asia Jaya, LRT Taman Jaya and the new LRT Ampang Line Extension at Kinrara,” said HSS Integrated Sdn Bhd senior engineer Rafiee Abdul Razak.
HSS Integrated Sdn Bhd is the engineering consultant for the Kidex expressway.
Once in operation, Kidex will form an alternative route that connects Damansara to Puchong. Residents of Tropicana will be able to benefit from the reduced journey time when travelling to Kinrara and vice versa.
In a separate briefing with the Damansara Idaman RA earlier this month, Kidex also received positive feedback and suggestions from residents of the area.
In addition, in Kota Damansara, the briefing by Kidex received favourable response and participation from Pangsapuri Seksyen 6, Seksyen 7, Seksyen 8, Seksyen 9 and Seksyen 10 Residents’ Associations, attracting a large turnout of 140 residents.
Prior to this, briefings were also organised for residents in other areas along the Kidex alignment, including those around Bandar Kinrara, Kota Damansara, Taman Medan Baru, Kelana Jaya and Damansara.
Throughout the resident engagements, Kidex has initiated discussions with the residents in order to clear confusion and gather public feedback on the highway.