- A study finds that Kidex may have inflated the future traffic volume of key roads in Petaling Jaya
A study finds that Kidex may have inflated the future traffic volume of key roads in Petaling Jaya. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, January 29, 2015.An independent professional study of the RM2.42 billion Kinrara-Damansara Expressway (Kidex) has proven that the highway will not benefit Petaling Jaya residents, a Selangor assemblyman said today.
DAPs Rajiv Rishyakaran said this alone meant that the concessionaire of the proposed highway has already breached one of three conditions set by the Selangor government before approval can be given for the projects development.
"According to the report, Kidex appears to have inflated the future traffic volume of key roads in Petaling Jaya, such as Jalan Utara, Jalan Timur and Jalan Semangat, ostensibly to justify the proposed construction of the highway to reduce the congestion level of these roads," the Bukit Gasing assemblyman said in a statement today.
"That the construction of the highway must be substantially beneficial to both the residents and users of the highway was one of the three key conditions the Menteri Besar (Mohamed) Azmin Ali has set for the highway application to be even considered by the state for approval."Last September, the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) engaged an independent consultant – MDS Traffic Planners and Consultants – to perform a traffic impact assessment, origin destination survey, cost benefit analysis, among other aspects, of the proposed highway.
The report, which will be uploaded to the MBPJ website soon, also noted that the highway would act as a bypass road for vehicles from the north and south of the city instead of being a road to be used by the residents of the city, Rajiv said.
"A road serving as a bypass should be going around Petaling Jaya, instead of cutting through the heart of Petaling Jaya," he added.
The assemblyman said that the commissioning of the independent consultant by the Selangor government to evaluate Kidex showed that the administration had heard the voices of the people and is concerned with the impact of the proposed development.
"It also demonstrates that the state has acted impartially to listen to all sides of the story and verify the contradictory claims and allegations objectively, without fear or favour."
The other two conditions set by the Pakatan Rakyat state government require the concessionaire to reveal the toll rates and its potential earnings to ensure that there will be no astronomical profits; and to fully disclose its concession agreement signed with Putrajaya.
Kidex has less than three weeks – till February 15 – to comply with these conditions or the controversial highway will not see the light of day.
Azmin, after consulting with pressure group Say No To Kidex (SNTK) group last November, had set the February deadline for Kidex to meet these conditions.
"As of today, Kidex has not met any of the three conditions to secure consideration for its application," Rajiv said.
"In 16 days time, assuming the status quo remains, then I am certain the state government will do the simple thing of rejecting Kidexs proposal."
Kidex signed a concession agreement on November 15, 2013, and was given a year to fulfil conditions required in order to start work.
Last November, it was granted a three-month extension after failing to achieve several requirements.
The 26.1-kilometre highway will start from the New Klang Valley Expressway (NKVE) toll above the Sprint highway at the Damansara interchange, and end at the Damansara Puchong Highway (LDP) at Bandar Kinrara Section 2.
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.
Petaling Jaya residents, led by SNTK, have been campaigning to increase awareness and support against the multi-billion ringgit project, expressing fears that it will bring about more traffic jams and deteriorating quality of life. – January 29, 2015.