Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Jalan 19/16 residents object to project - The Star

May 20, 2008

RESIDENTS living along Jalan 19/16 in Petaling Jaya are upset over the construction of a road in front of their houses.

According to Kong Chong Soong, he and the other residents feared that the new road, which links a five-storey commercial and shopping centre in Jalan SS2/72 to Jalan Harapan (Jalan 17/47), will leave them with a narrower road than they now have.

“We were not consulted before the project was approved. We have written a letter to Petaling Jaya mayor Datuk Mohamad Roslan Sakiman to protest against the construction of the commercial centre and the road,” Kong said.

Work has begun: Construction has started at the site of the proposed road along Jalan 19/16 linking the commercial centre to Jalan Harapan.

The residents briefed Damansara Utama assemblyman Dr Cheah Wing Yin on the issue during his recent site visit.

They told Cheah about the possibilities of noise pollution and traffic congestion once the project is completed.

Cheah said besides increasing the already heavy traffic volume in SS2, the residents would face the problem of cars being parked outside their houses on busy days.

“Under the Local Agenda 21, residents around the development should be consulted before approval is given for the project,” he said.

When contacted, developer RB Land general manager Hoo Kim See, said the company had abided by all guidelines set by the council.

He said the company projects had not encroached into the residential road, as alleged by the Jalan 19/16 residents.

According to Hoo, there will be a divider between the new road leading to Jalan Harapan and Jalan 19/16, both of which are parallel.

He said cars using the new road would not be able to turn into Jalan 19/16, which would have its own service road.

“A traffic study was done and we've made ourselves accessible to residents who have complaints or enquiries. We're even going to surrender some of our land to upgrade the 40ft (12.19m) road reserve to 66ft (20.17m),” Hoo said.

According to MBPJ public relations director Haniza Abdul Hamid, the council’s engineering department had said that the new road would not interfere with the residential area as the developer was building a new road.

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