I REFER to the letter “Think outside the box to clear jam” (The Star, April 11). I couldn’t agree more with the writer who described the traffic congestion on the LDP as ridiculous.
I live in Bandar Kinrara, Puchong and I travel to Damansara daily for work. I have driven on numerous roads and highways in the Klang Valley and I’ve never encountered any congestion worse than on the LDP especially at the Bandar Sunway toll. It is absurd that a journey which should only be five minutes at the most can take more than 60 minutes during peak hours.
The massive congestion drains me and the thousands of other drivers mentally. Once, I even had nausea after coming back from work and had to stop at the roadside because it was simply so stressful to drive home in the bumper-to-bumper crawl. At times, it takes 45 minutes to drive 500m!
What is awful about LDP is that the entire highway is always jammed. I sometimes leave my house at 6am and the highway is already congested. I have also left the office at 9pm and the road is still jammed. So, the solution to drive after peak hours to avoid congestion is not valid at all.
LDP, in my opinion, has many flaws in its design. The narrow two-lane highway cannot accommodate the growing number of cars. Even the contra flow doesn’t help at all; it’s only made things worse. Litrak failed to plan ahead for the growing number of cars using this road.
When the Kinrara-Damansara Elevated Expressway (Kidex) project was first announced, thousands of Puchong residents including me were excited that an alternative to the LDP was finally emerging. But to our dismay, the project was cancelled.
It is unfortunate that the residents of Puchong and Kinrara were not consulted on this before it was cancelled. Media coverage was also given to those minority PJ residents who opposed the project but not to those that supported it. I remember some of the “Say No To Kidex” supporters urging Puchong residents to stay away from PJ if we insisted on having Kidex built.
I urge the Selangor state government to not be influenced by a minority group of people who oppose projects that can benefit many others. To solve the ridiculous congestion on the LDP, on behalf of the 400,000 Puchong residents, I hope the Selangor state government will reconsider and give the approval to build Kidex as projects like this can make people’s life better.
It would be even better if the Kidex alignment can be considered as a LRT route. The alignment is actually well planned and would be wasted if a highway or LRT line is not built.
Currently there are no alternative roads for Puchong residents and we desperately need one.