PETALING Jaya residents have been told not to jump the gun and panic as the Kinrara-Damansara Expressway’s (Kidex) inclusion in the long-term State Structure Draft Plan (SSP) 2035 is just a proposal.
According to the Selangor Town and Country Planning Department (JPBD), plans for this highway were included based on a proposal from the Malaysian Highway Authority (MHA).
“We met with the head of JPBD and were told that the Kidex proposal was not from the state but from MHA,” Bukit Gasing assemblyman R. Rajiv said.
He stressed that the state and its executive councillors had not agreed to anything on Kidex yet and the three conditions given to the Kidex developer by Mentri Besar Azmin Ali still stand.
The three conditions are that Kidex discloses the concession agreement, sends in a thorough traffic impact assessment beneficial to the Petaling Jaya residents and also discloses its financials.
“These pre-conditions set by the Mentri Besar still stands despite the highway being included in the SSP draft.
“Even if Kidex meets the three conditions set, it does not mean that Kidex will get the green light immediately as the documents will have to be studied first,” he said.
Kidex is an elevated highway consisting of 14.9km of mainline accompanied by 11.2km of ramps, with 90% of it elevated.
The highway is aimed at catering to the North-South catchment of the Klang Valley.
This SSP draft plan was released for public viewing on Dec 8 and residents who object to Kidex have about two months to file their objections with JPBD by Jan 31, with the original deadline being Jan 9.
However, with the approaching year-end holidays and with most people away on vacation, Rajiv and Damansara Utama assemblyman Yeo Bee Yin had requested for an extension.
All objections will then be collected and reviewed before producing the second draft.
Only after the second draft has gone through another round of hearings, will the final copy be produced.
“This document was prepared in May during the tenure of former Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim and was supposed to be open for public viewing in August.
“But because of some issues, it was released only now,” said Rajiv.
He added that all local leaders were given the book to review at the same time it was released to the public.
Yeo further stressed that suggestions to include the highways were all based on MHA’s proposals and JPBD decided to include it to get public feedback.
Both Yeo and Rajiv have sent in their objections to the Kidex highway plan and urged residents who oppose the project to do the same.
Objection forms can be obtained from both their service centres or downloaded from the JPBD Selangor website.
The SSP book can also be downloaded at the website or viewed in person at the JPBD Selangor office in Shah Alam.
For Petaling Jaya residents who are unsure of how to fill in the objection form, templates are available at Rajiv’s and Yeo’s offices.
Apart from Kidex, the public is also encouraged to look through the book to see if there is anything they want to propose, object or approve of.
“There is so much more in the book than Kidex and the contents are categorised according to segments such as environment and so on.
“It would be good if environmental non-governmental organisations (NGO) can look through that section and give JPBD their feedback,” she said.