Kidex and Pakatan Rakyat’s broken promise


(TNG) – The power to compulsorily acquire land lies solely with the state government.

PETALING Jaya (PJ) will see yet another highway snaking through it, with construction of the Kinrara Damansara Skyway (Kidex) expected to begin in early 2015. Kidex will be a 14.9km elevated highway starting at the New Klang Valley Expressway (NKVE)’s Damansara toll plaza and terminating at the Bukit Jalil Highway. Its proposed route will pass by or above Tropicana City Mall, SSTwo Mall, Section 14, Hilton PJ, the Jalan Templer roundabout, Taman Dato Harun, Taman Medan Baru and Bandar Kinrara.

Much has been said about the need for Kidex and how it will alleviate PJ traffic woes and reduce congestion on the Damansara-Puchong and Sprint highways. Many PJ residents, however, especially those whose homes will be compulsorily acquired or affected by depreciation in property value, oppose the project.

Pakatan Rakyat (PR) Members of Parliament (MPs) and state assemblypersons have been speaking out on residents’ behalf against Kidex, calling for more information. But isn’t the PR Selangor government involved in the approval of the highway? And won’t its cooperation be required to compulsorily acquire land for the project?

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