More lanes to ease festive congestion

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 09 Sep 2003

PETALING JAYA: The Government plans to reduce traffic congestion, especially during festive seasons and public holidays, by widening certain stretches of the North-South Expressway. 

The proposed stretches to be widened include the Seremban-Ayer Keroh stretch, to be expanded from the existing four lanes to six, and the Rawang-Ipoh stretch, also to be expanded to six lanes. 

Works Minister Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu said his ministry had already submitted working papers to other relevant ministries, particularly the Finance Ministry on the proposal, estimated to cost RM1bil, and was awaiting their feedback. 

“Once the Cabinet approves, we will commence with the expansion work,” Samy Vellu told reporters yesterday after opening the new Kota Damansara interchange on the New Klang Valley Expressway. 

The interchange, located between the Bukit Lanjan interchange and the Damansara interchange, will allow easy highway access for residents in Kota Damansara, Sungai Buloh, Bandar Utama, Tropicana and Sunway Damansara. 

Contructed by Perbadanan Kemajuan Negri Selangor at a cost of RM50.2mil, the interchange is equipped with a 10-lane toll plaza and public facilities such as toilets, surau and rest areas.  

Later, when speaking to reporters after opening the International Construction Week 2003, Samy Vellu said the Works Ministry had been asked to build a RM1.3bil six-lane peripheral link road in Haryana, New Delhi. 

He said the Indian government made the request when he visited northern Indian states last week.  

“The length of the road is 130km and they want it built with six lanes,” he said, adding that the Construction Industry Development Board would send in the cost and construction proposals for the project soon. 

Samy Vellu said CIDB would become the concessionaire for the project once the proposal was accepted.  

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