Say No To Dash group mulls legal action over highway alignment (22.5.15)

DASH logo (Prolintas website)

The Say No to Dash (SNTD) group is prepared to take legal action against concessionaire Projek Lintasan Kota (Prolintas) and the government if the alignment for the Damansara-Shah Alam expressway(DASH) project is not changed.

They reiterated their stand that they don’t want the highway passing through their housing scheme in Damansara Perdana, Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

The residents also want Selangor Menteri Besar Mohamed Azmin Ali to listen to the grouses of the residents.

SNTD spokesperson Michelle Wong said they would not compromise by having further discussions with the authorities on DASH.

“Only if there’s a discussion on realignment. If it’s just redesign of the project, then there is no point,” she said.

Wong said that the group was currently seeking legal counsel to prepare the paper work and ground work needed should they have to pursue legal action.

“We are already in the midst of discussions with our lawyer in the eventuality that the alignment is not changed and it goes through Damansara Perdana.

“Now, we leave it to the Selangor state government to decide,” she said at a briefing with Damansara Perdana residents last night.

Wong hopes that Azmin could give an assurance that the alignment would be altered.

“We hope that Azmin keeps his word that if the residents object to the alignment then the project will not pass though our residences. We hope that he will look into our grouses,” she said.

Wong also said that they had organised their last petition drive last night. They would be presenting the petition to Azmin today.

“We have been sending our petitions to the Malaysian Highway Authority the Works Minister and  Menteri Besar’s office. Now, it is back to the Selangor state government to make a decision on this issue,” she said.

Bukit Lanjan assemblyman Elizabeth Wong who attended the briefing said that Azmin had agreed during a meeting that the alignment of DASH should not be included in the Petaling Jaya Local Plan (RTPJ2).

The residents had objected to the DASH since 2012 as it was too close to residential homes in the area, with some sections barely 30 metres away.

DASH, costing about RM4 billion, will be a 20.1 km, three-lane, dual carriageway expressway. Among the proposed route for it are Shah Alam’s Puncak Perdana U10, Alam Suria, Denai Alam, Kampung Melayu Subang, Rubber Research Institute Malaysia, Kota Damansara, Mutiara Damansara and Damansara Perdana.

It will then link users to Lebuhraya Damansara Puchong (LDP) and Sprint highways.

The expressway will also serve motorists from Puncak Perdana, Alam Suria, Denai Alam, Kampung Melayu Subang, Jalan Sungai Buloh, the Rubber Research Institute Malaysia, Kota Damansara, Damansara Perdana and Mutiara Damansara. – May 22, 2015.

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