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Boosting connectivity
By SHAREN KAUR | 05 March 2014| last updated at 12:59AM
http://www.nst.com.my/business/todayspaper/boosting-connectivity-1.498883

SPURRING DEVELOPMENT: Road projects worth RM40b planned for Peninsular Malaysia

ROAD projects worth about RM40 billion will be implemented in Peninsular Malaysia over the next three to four years to boost transport connectivity.

These include proposals put forward by North-South Expressway (NSE) operator PLUS Expressway Bhd and Maju Expressway Sdn Bhd, said Malaysian Highway Authority (MHA) sources.

PLUS is proposing a new toll road in Senawang, Negri Sembilan, that links the Kajang-Seremban Highway with the NSE.

The project, estimated to cost RM2.5 billion, is aimed at cutting congestion on the NSE and boosting revenue from toll collection.

Maju Expressway is looking to extend its MEX highway to connect to the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang. The project is expected to cost about RM1 billion.

"We are evaluating all the proposals. Decisions will be made after a thorough study on their technical and financial capabilities. The roads will spur property development and investment," said a source.

A 465.3km road linking Kota Baru to Simpang Pelangi in Bentong, Pahang, worth RM8 billion, is also in the works.

It has been reported that a joint venture between MMC Corporation Bhd and Mudajaya Group Bhd is the front-runner for the job.

Other proposed road projects include Kuala Lumpur-Arah Serendah Expressway (KLAS), Jelapang-Selama-Batu Kawan Expressway (Jelas), Sungai Juru-Batu Kawan Expressway, Johor Baru-Pasir Gudang Elevated Expressway and Port Dickson-Banting Expressway.

Under the 10th Malaysia Plan (2011-2015), seven highways worth about RM19 billion will be built to improve traffic in Selangor.

They include the West Coast Expressway (WCE), Kuala Lumpur Outer Ring Road (KLORR), Damansara-Shah Alam Highway (DASH), Sungai Besi-Ulu Klang Expressway (SUKE), Kinrara-Damansara Expressway (Kidex) and Serdang-Kinrara-Putrajaya Expressway (SKIP).


Works Minister Datuk Fadillah Yusof told Business Times two months ago that the projects were in the planning stage.

"They must meet the condition precedent. We will look at technical capabilities and financial strength and go through public consultations for the road alignments before they can proceed."

SUKE and DASH will be implemented by Projek Lintasan Kota Sdn Bhd and WCE by IJM Corporation Bhd. Kidex will be undertaken by Kidex Sdn Bhd while Ahmad Zaki Resources Bhd's unit, EKVE Sdn Bhd, will complete the RM1.5 billion KLORR.

KIDEX Skyway to begin work next year
13 March 2014| last updated at 02:40PM
http://www.nst.com.my/business/late.../7.478218/7.490557/7.490557/7.541994/7.576448

KUALA LUMPUR: Kidex Sdn Bhd, the developer of the 14.9 kilometre Kinrara Damansara Skyway (KIDEX Skyway), is expected to begin construction of the RM2.42 billion project early next year.

Chief executive officer Datuk Mohd Nor Idrus said the company was now awaiting approval from the Federal government approval, expected at year-end.

"The concession period is slated to be around three to four years from the kick-off date. The KIDEX SKyway will be 20 per cent funded by internal funds while the remaining 80 per cent will be through bank borrowings.

"The project would begin at the Damansara toll plaza, on the New Klang Valley Expressway (NKVE, and will pass through Petaling Jaya and Puchong, before
linking up to the Bukit Jalil Highway.

"The entire stretch of the skyway will include seven interchanges," he told a press conference here today.

A skyway is an elevated highway, especially, one well above ground level.

The KIDEX Skyway would provide access to the development corridors along Damansara, Petaling Jaya, Shah Alam, Puchong and Putrajaya via a future
connection to the new highway Serdang-Kinrara Putrajaya Expressway (SKIP), said Mohd Nor.

On the probable toll rates that would be imposed on the skyway, he said it was the prerogative of the Federal government and would be finalised once the project is completed.

On the land acquisition and compensation, he said these issues were under government jurisdiction.

However, Mohd Nor said land acquisition may involve 10 per cent of 3,784 lots which were currently affected by a land freeze.

The elevated highway will pass through these industrial lots.

Kidex signed a concession agreement November last year and begun the process of public display and feedback at Menara MBPJ and Tropicana City Mall.-- Bernama
 

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From what I can see in the proposed KIDEX route, the road alignment would be quite a challenging one. With a flyover located 500m just after the Damansara Toll, my guess would be the elevated highway would be built near Kayu Ara there. Some lands over there will need to be acquired.
 

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MBPJ to appoint own consultant to assess Kidex traffic study

By Shazwan Mustafa KamalJune 7, 2014





The Kidex project has been rejected on three occasions by the city council as developers had failed to provide sufficient details. — Picture by Choo Choy May


KUALA LUMPUR, June 7 — The Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) will appoint an independent consultant to vet the traffic impact assessment (TIA) report prepared by the developer of the proposed Kinrara-Damansara Expressway (Kidex).


The announcement was made during a meeting with MBPJ mayor Datin Paduka Alinah Ahmad yesterday, according to local councillor Lee Suet Sen.

“It has not been decided who is the consultant but the decision was announced by the mayor today,” he told The Malay Mail Online when contacted.

“Kidex Sdn Bhd's TIA is expected to completed by end of this month,” he added.

When asked whether the project developer has agreed to furnish the TIA along with other documents to the city council, Lee said they must if they want the project to move forward.

“We need the documents so that we can scrutinise and study it. They have to if they want an approval,” Lee added.




Yesterday's special briefing by Kidex Sdn Bhd and the Malaysian Highway Authority (LLM) to explain the RM2.42 billion elevated highway project has been postponed indefinitely to allow the Selangor Town and Country Planning Department (JPBD) to first hold a separate briefing on the Kidex which will not include federal and state lawmakers.

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.
- See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/m...sess-kidex-traffic-study#sthash.yWO7hinK.dpuf
 

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Kidex yet to submit final traffic study report, say PJ councillors


June 7, 2014



A week prior to the failed briefing, Kidex chief executive officer Datuk Mohd Nor Idrus denied claims that they had not submitted all relevant documents including a TIA to build the RM2.2 billion super-elevated highway. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng
KUALA LUMPUR, June 7 — The Petaling Jaya city council's (MBPJ) decision to reject the controversial Kinrara-Damansara Expressway (Kidex) project is justified as Kidex Sdn Bhd has yet to submit its final traffic impact assessment (TIA) report, a group of councillors said.


MBPJ councillors Lee Suet Sen, Cynthia Gabriel and Tang Fuie Koh said they discovered today that the concessionaire has only submitted a preliminary TIA, and will hand in the finalised report by the end of this month.

“This fundamentally vindicates MBPJ’s position of not approving the Kidex Highway proposal given incomplete information by the highway concessionaire,” they said in a joint statement.

“Prior assertions by Kidex that all relevant reports have already been handed over to the local authorities, following the aborted briefing on 16 May 2014, are manifestly inaccurate and wholly untrue,” they added.

A public briefing organised by Kidex on May 16 had to be cancelled after angry residents slammed the developer for being “cheeky” and “misleading” in hosting the event as part of a requirement criteria for the “implementation” of the highway.

A week prior to the failed briefing, Kidex chief executive officer Datuk Mohd Nor Idrus denied claims that they had not submitted all relevant documents including a TIA to build the RM2.2 billion super-elevated highway.




He claimed that all documents were submitted during the first technical committee meeting with the Malaysian Highway Authority on Oct 14, 2011 - before they were issued the concession agreement.

The councillors today said there has been far too much confusion surrounding the contentious project, which was not helped by the cancellation of yet another briefing that was supposed to be held yesterday.

They, however, noted that Petaling Jaya mayor Datin Alinah Ahmad had confirmed that MBPJ will hire an independent traffic consultant to pore over the full TIA once it is submitted by Kidex Sdn Bhd.

“As policy makers in MBPJ we laud this bold move, as one that is not only necessary to dispel concerns and fears of the impact of the proposed highway, but one that is professional and accountable to ratepayers of Petaling Jaya.

“Despite the dark clouds of public distrust choking the KIDEX highway proposal, MBPJ will do its utmost to uphold principles of good governance, integrity and transparency in the interest of all PJ residents,” they said.

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.
- See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/m...eport-say-pj-councillors#sthash.TQqN25Pg.dpuf
 

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Fadillah: Approval for Kidex construction hinges on conditions being met


June 6, 201



A man holding up a picture of the proposed route for the Kinrara-Damansara Expressway (Kidex). — Picture by Choo Choy May.

KUALA LUMPUR, June 6 — Approval to begin construction of the Kinrara-Damansara Expressway (Kidex) will only be given once the federal government is satisfied that all conditions have been fulfilled by Kidex Sdn Bhd, the concession compan


Works Minister Datuk Fadillah Yusof noted that the company has 12 months from the signing of the concession agreement on Nov 15, 2013 to fulfil certain conditions as stipulated in the document.

“Among the conditions the company has to fulfil are to show it has the financial capability to construct the expressway and it is required to get public feedback by conducting a public opinion survey on the proposed expressway,” he said in a statement today.

Fadillah said the ministry would closely monitor the progress of the matter and all parties are advised to continue their consultations and discussions in an objective manner.

Kidex Sdn Bhd needs to display information on the proposed development and hold public engagement sessions to get feedback from residents in affected areas before progressing with the expressway project, he added.

The 26.1km expressway will connect Kinrara and Damansara and help alleviate traffic congestion on Lebuhraya Damansara Puchong (LDP) as well as reduce travelling time. — Bernama
- See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/m...-on-conditions-being-met#sthash.Q2E08GAV.dpuf
 

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After Kidex, residents plan to throw spanner in Dash highway’s works


By Zurairi ARJune 8, 2014






Joanne Ting speaks at a residents’ meeting against DASH highway at Damansara Perdana. — Picture by Choo Choy May

PETALING JAYA, June 8 — Riding on the success of the anti-Kidex highway movement, residents in Damansara Perdana are now putting up a fight against another proposed highway, which is expected to rip through the area populated by high-rise building


The group has laid dormant for over two years until recently, when its members realised that work on the Damansara-Shah Alam Elevated Expressway (Dash) has started quietly.

“We realised that they have started their soil test... That’s how we know the project is on track,” Joanne Ting, a representative of the Say No To Dash (SNTD) group, told The Malay Mail Online.

The group claimed that the developer, Prolintas Bhd, has tried to conceal that the soil test was for the Dash project and that it only found out after asking the workers.

As a first step towards its revival, the group held a meeting at the Perdana Emerald condominium here today, which saw the attendance of over 50 residents from neighbouring areas.

A guest speaker at the meeting was Mak Khuin Weng, who is part of the resistance against the Kinrara-Damansara Expressway (Kidex), which has received media spotlight recently.
- See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/m...r-in-dash-highways-works#sthash.1BlxwOhR.dpuf
 

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Then the puchong folks has to face the forever jam LDP heading to PJ... :(
More highways, flyovers and elevated highways won't solve traffic congestion.

The proper solution should be to make it possible for people to reach their destinations without relying on private vehicles. MRT, LRT, BRT and awesome, but without frequent and extensive feeder bus network to provide a convenient last mile connection, all the advanced technology and costly contracts won't defuse the crisis.
 

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The resident all objecting? Why not build it underground near the controversial stretch? Might incur more construction cost, but it doesn't really make diff to me to collect tolls for 25 years, 30 years or 35 years.

No highway noise, no air pollution, no resident's objection, leave the on grade space for recreation and multi-generational parks, to bring our community closer together.
 

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I totally agree with u on that!If they can be elevated highways why not go underground?
SUKE is another highway a lot of the residence in that area is not happy with!
 

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As a Cheras resident, I'd love to see solutions to the Taman Connaught Highway-MRR2 and Jalan Cheras-MRR2 interchange problems. SUKE one way or another addresses this.
 
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