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‘Kidex can go ahead if alignment issues are resolved’

SHAH ALAM: The Selangor government supports the construction of the Kinrara-Damansara Expressway (Kidex) but issues regarding the alignment must be resolved with the planning departments involved.

Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim said the state government has no objection to the project and even considers it a good effort that the highway authority is trying to resolve Petaling Jaya’s traffic woes.

“However, the state government would have no qualms about pulling the plug on the project if it is found to be  not feasible,” he told a press conference after the state exco meeting yesterday.

“If it cannot be implemented, then it cannot be implemented,” he said when asked to comment on the possible need to acquire 3,784 lots of land, mostly in Petaling Jaya, for the project.

“The idea of trying to solve the traffic problems in Petaling Jaya is good. That is why we agreed to it. But it is up to the highway authority to convince the planners on how they want to implement the project,” he said.

The proposed 13.5km-long highway will link Damansara from the NKVE Damansara toll to the Bukit Jalil Highway near Kinrara.

Estimated to cost RM2.2 billion, the highway will pass through areas such as Section 17, the Rothman’s traffic light junction in Jalan Universiti, Dataran Petaling Jaya, Jalan Barat and the Jalan Templer/Jalan Gasing roundabout.

It is also planned to pass through Taman Dato’ Harun and Taman Medan Baru along Jalan Klang Lama before proceeding to Bandar Kinrara.

Residents, mostly senior citizens, are concerned they will have to sell their properties to the government to make way for the project.

The federal government has agreed to the project in principle, but no concessionaire has reportedly been assigned yet.

Detailed studies and discussions have begun and plans are expected to be finalised within the next few months.

Khalid also said the Selangor government is not feeling pressured by a recent memorandum submitted by the Pakatan Rakyat Backbenchers Club (BBC) of the state assembly, calling for him to heed the requirement for meetings to be held every fortnight.

He said the state government is prepared to explain the matter to the various parties.

“Sometimes, our decision is not 100% correct but because we adhere to transparency, we correct it and move on,” he said.

Malay daily Sinar Harian reported yesterday that the Pakatan BBC had criticised Abdul Khalid for flouting the requirement to meet with the group once a fortnight to discuss important issues affecting the community such as floods and waste management.

The state BBC deputy chairman and Meru assemblyman Dr Rani Osman said the meetings have decreased since the general election in May. The memorandum was submitted last Friday.

 

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This article first appeared in The Edge Financial Daily, on October 24, 2013.

 

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