Friday, May 9, 2008

Special meeting to be called on Bandar Mahkota Cheras access road issue - NST

SHAH ALAM, Fri.: May 9, 2008

The Selangor government will call for a special meeting with the federal government and Grand Saga Sdn Bhd, the concessionaire for the Cheras-Kajang Expressway, to resolve the issue on the access road to Bandar Mahkota Cheras.

Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim called on the residents to be patient, saying that the state government would find a solution to the problem so that residents in the area would not face any more obstruction from the company concerned.

“We have to sit down and hold a discussion between the state government, federal government and the concessionaire. And we will take into consideration the views of the residents concerned,” he said when met after receiving a memorandum from the residents of Bandar Mahkota Cheras in front of Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah, here today.

The memorandum, which was handed over by the chairman of the Open Up Jalan Bandar Mahkota Cheras Committee, Tan Boon Wah, demanded that the Selangor Menteri Besar study and resolve the issue with regard to the access road to Bandar Mahkota Cheras immediately.

The memorandum expressed the dissatisfaction of the residents over the obstruction put up repeatedly by Grand Saga to prevent the public from using the main road to Bandar Mahkota Cheras near Kajang.

Yesterday, police had to disperse about 500 residents of Bandar Mahkota Cheras who protested against the reconstruction of a concrete block at the Cheras-Kajang Expressway after it had been broken down on April 21.

The short cut connecting the Bandar Tun Hussein Onn junction to the expressway was blocked by a concrete wall since 2006 but last month, the residents in the area had broken down the wall to enable them to enter the expressway without having to pay toll at Batu 11, Cheras.

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