With Kidex, traffic to ease just 3pc by 2028, impact study says….After all the hullabaloo!
i. No independent consultant commissioned by the state govt? – technical and financial and environmental impact studies? (only prelimanary TIA? – madness) and Alternative routes etc reappraised?
ii. Now we are told that the toll rate and structure not determined yet…cant really believe that!
iii. Massive disruption to many roads and its impact.
And this Pakatan Rakyat Govt allows for this?
You do it at your own peril….Pakatan Rakyat!
The rakyat must mount a serious campaign against this ‘ruling with impunty’!
PETALING JAYA, June 11 — The RM2.42 billion Kinrara-Damansara Expressway (Kidex) is projected to reduce just 3.05 per cent of traffic congestion by 2028, according to the preliminary traffic impact assessment (TIA) report recently released to Selangor state and federal lawmakers.
The TIA by project developer Kidex Sdn Bhd, which was made available during a press conference by Selangor DAP assemblymen today, states that the projected total traffic without the highway in 2028 will be 1.917 million passenger car units (pcu).
With Kidex, traffic is aimed to be reduced to 1.858 million pcu.
The TIA also states that Kidex will only relieve immediate traffic congestion by 5.84 per cent upon completion by 2018- from 1.546 pcu to 1.455 pcu.
“From the TIA, it looks like Kidex will only reduce traffic in individual roads, but it will not have a total impact to traffic in Petaling Jaya and Puchong,” Damansara Utama assemblyman Yeo Bee Yin told reporters at a news conference here.
According to the Kidex report, a total of 43 roads will be affected by the highway’s construction.
These roads include Jalan Templer, Old Klang Road, Jalan Sultan, Lebuh Bandar Utama and Jalan Puchong.
The preliminary TIA report was released last week by Kidex Sdn Bhd.
Kampung Tunku assemblyman Lau Weng questioned why Kidex Sdn Bhd did not furnish a complete TIA, saying that the lack of facts and details in the preliminary report raised suspicions as to whether the project was being done professionally.
“We want the TIA, the EIA (environmental impact assessment) as well as the toll structure.
“How much is the federal government going to charge motorists?” Lau said, adding that the onus was on the project developer to make all the documents publicly available.
The Works Ministry said yesterday that the federal government has signed a 48-year concession agreement with Kidex Sdn Bhd, the highway’s developer.
In a written Parliamentary reply to DAP Puchong MP Gobind Singh Deo, Works Minister Datuk Fadhillah Yusof said the agreement was signed last year but that the toll rates for the RM2.42 billion highway has yet to be determined.
“The government has agreed and signed the concession agreement on Kidex on November 15, 2013 for a concession period of 48 years,” said Fadhillah in the reply.
The Kidex project has been rejected on three occasions by the city council as developers had failed to provide sufficient details.
Under Section 18 of the Town Country and Planning Act (TCPA), construction cannot start unless the highway fits with MBPJ’s plans.
Kidex is currently not incorporated into the council’s blueprint for Petaling Jaya city.
Despite the growing opposition, mounting evidence in the form of replies in Parliament and the state legislative assembly indicate that the project is set to proceed.
Among the areas that could be affected by the project are Tropicana Mall, SS2 Mall, Rothman’s traffic lights, Section 14, Amcorp Mall, Hilton Petaling Jaya, Tun Hussein Onn Eye Hospital, Jalan Templer roundabout, Taman Datuk Harun, Taman Medan Baru and Bandar Kinrara.
Construction of the multi-billion ringgit highway could begin as soon as next year and be completed by 2018.