KUALA LUMPUR: Toll for the RM420mil Penchala Link has been fixed at RM2.
Collection at the open system highway will start from March 16.
Works Minister Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu said the concessionaire, Sistem Penyuraian Trafik KL Barat Sdn Bhd (Sprint), was allowed to increase the toll in 2010 and 2019.
The concession ends on March 16, 2031.
“Normally, a two-week period is given before toll collection starts but Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi wants the motorists to enjoy a longer familiarisation period,” he said at the official opening of the link yesterday.
Samy Vellu said the toll free period would allow motorists to decide whether to use the new highway or other routes.
He said the Government had received many protests and grouses from various sectors of the society and organisations whenever a new tolled highway was opened.
“Although the protests are ex-pected from the people we want to stress that it is the Government’s noble intention to provide the necessary infrastructure facilities for the comfort of the road users as well as upgrading the social and economic development of the people,” he said.
With the opening of Penchala Link, Sprint has now completed its package of three links to disperse traffic in the western part of Kuala Lumpur. The other links, the Damansara Link and Kerinchi Link, were opened in 2001.
The Penchala Link connects to the Damansara-Puchong Highway (LDP) at Kg Sungai Penchala to Kerinchi Link at Mont Kiara interchange.
It has a unique 710m twin-bored tunnel constructed under the forest of Bukit Kiara with three lanes on each side.
The tunnel was completed with several safety features, including 10 CCTVs, variable sign messages, three cross passages for emergency escapes, air quality detectors, infrared heat detectors and ventilation fans.
Samy Vellu said the link was expected to reduce travel time from the western part to central Kuala Lumpur by 10km or 15 to 20 minutes.