KUALA LUMPUR: The south-bound section of the 19.6km New Pantai Expressway, from Subang Jaya to Jalan Bangsar, has opened earlier than scheduled to help ease traffic congestion on the Federal Highway and the Damansara-Puchong Highway.
Works Minister Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu said the RM1.2bil expressway would provide an alternative to road users from Subang Jaya and the surrounding areas to Kuala Lumpur. The north-bound section of the expressway, from Jalan Bangsar to Subang Jaya, is expected to open next month.
Opening the Kuala Lumpur-bound stretch of the expressway yesterday, Samy Vellu said motorists would be able to use it for free for a month before toll collection would be imposed on April 2.
“During the toll-free period, motorists will have the chance to be familiar with the new expressway and decide whether to use it to head for Petaling Jaya, Jalan Bangsar, Kuchai Lama, Sungai Besi and the Kuala Lumpur-Seremban highway,” he said.
He said the charges would be announced before the end of the month but the rates would be reasonable.
Samy Vellu said the Government was aware of the protests from various sectors of society, including non-governmental organisations, when a new tolled highway opened.
However, he said it was the Government’s intention to provide the necessary infrastructure for road users and to upgrade the social and economic development of the people.
Samy Vellu said the entire expressway which was expected to be completed next month, would have toll plazas in PJS 5, PJS 2 and Pantai Dalam. It will have eight interchanges, with electronic message boards, closed-circuit television cameras, electronic toll collection, lay-bys and bus shelters.
He said the Government was sensitive to the problems of local residents and had directed the concessionaire to provide alternative roads.
Samy Vellu said the country had 14 tolled highways which were in operation and six more which were under construction.