BY SHEILA SRI PRIYA
A total of 3,784 lots of land, mostly in Petaling Jaya, may be acquired by the Government for the proposed Kinrara-Damansara Expressway (Kidex).
There are houses and commercial buildings on the land and industrial activities are carried out there as well.
The matter was highlighted by Bukit Gasing assemblyman Rajiv Risyakara and Petaling Jaya city councillor Lee Suet Sen.
Kidex is estimated to cost RM2.2bil, with a planned 13km highway route.
The expressway will connect Sprint Highway (near Bandar Utama) and pass through areas such as Tropicana Mall, SSTwo Mall, Rothman’s traffic light, Section 14, Amcorp Mall, Hilton Petaling Jaya, Jalan Templer roundabout, Taman Dato Harun, Taman Medan Baru and Bandar Kinrara.
However, they said they were disappointed that Kidex and the Malaysian Highway Authority (LLM) did not hold talks or brief residents and the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) on the matter.
“We hope LLM and Kidex will at least brief MBPJ over the proposal and provide the latest highway plan soon.
“I believe the plan is almost ready by now” said Rajiv.
He said he only found out about Kidex after obtaining a copy of a letter from the Land and Mines Department and the Natural Resources and Environment Ministry on the matter.
“Those living in Section 14 and Bukit Gasing might be affected by this highway plan, based on the initial proposed plan,” he said.
Landowners and residents can visit MBPJ or the Bukit Gasing assemblyman’s office to check if their lot will be acquired for the project.
Meanwhile, Lee said the cost involved for the project could be used to build the LRT.
“Providing public transportation is a better option then building highways,” he said.