The final report on the “Independent Review of Kinrara-Damansara Expressway (Kidex) Proposal in Petaling Jaya” can be viewed online.
This follows a presentation of the report at the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) headquarters yesterday.
The closed-door meeting was attended by Petaling Jaya deputy mayor Puasa Md Taib, MBPJ councillors, Bukit Gasing and Kampung Tunku assemblymen, the Subang MP a well as a representative from the Kelana Jaya MP’s office.
The expressway concessionaire, Kidex Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Datuk Mohd Nor Idrus was seen outside the council’s meeting room.
In its executive summary, the report, prepared by MDS Traffic Planners and Consultants and commissioned by MBPJ, called into question the assumption that Petaling Jaya would be facing a future gridlock and also the need to channel “through traffic” (non-PJ traffic) towards PJ New Town.
The independent consultant explained its scope of work in the report’s first appendix, stating its tasks were to review Kidex’s studies, the traffic data and forecasts on Petaling Jaya’s local roads as well as alternative alignments.
Section 4.2 of the report, for instance, utilises traffic numbers compiled by the highway concessionaire’s traffic consultants which show 13 main roads chiefly operating between A (free-flow) and D (approaching unstable flow) levels of service.
The report also gives another option — realigning the expressway to avoid PJ New Town by going over Sungai Penchala, through the industrial areas of Jalan Templer and Jalan Penchala, stating it was beneficial to both Petaling Jaya residents and the concessionaire.
However, it was highlighted that the Drainage and Irrigation Department (JPS) had opposed this, reasoning that the expressway would have a negative effect on river life.
The report also criticised the Social Impact Assessment conducted while noting that the 13m setback rule was not highlighted.
About 700 residents from various parts of Petaling Jaya had rallied in protest at Padang Timur over Kidex as well as the Damansara-Shah Alam Expressway (DASH) on Sunday.
MBPJ is expected to publish the report on its website.