PETALING JAYA: Shah Alam MP Khalid Samad has described the RM4.1 billion cost for the Damansara-Shah Alam Highway (DASH) as being excessive for the elevated carriageway that is to stretch across 21 kilometres.
He said close to RM200 million would be spent for every km between the highway’s two ends at Puncak Perdana and Penchala.
“According to my calculations a total of RM4 billion for the 21km-distance makes it come up to about RM190 million for every kilometre,” he said.
“The construction of this highway will give very positive impact as has been explained to the public before this. It is just that the cost is too high,” he added.
He told reporters this after a briefing by project developer Projek Lintasan Kota Holdings Sdn Bhd (Prolintas) for residents of Villa Suria at the Cahaya SPK Clubhouse in Shah Alam today.
“Perhaps there is an explanation for this that we do not know of,” the Amanah leader added.
Jamaludin Ismail, chairman of the Villa Suria Residents Association, said they voiced concerns about problems that could be caused by the project which passes their residential area.
He said as the structure’s pillars are already being laid into the ground, the residents needed to know what safety planning and monitoring measures were undertaken by the developer.
Prolintas general manager Latib Rasol assured that the construction would comply with safety procedures set by the state government.
He said the company is conducting regular monitoring work to ensure the safety of residents.
“Safety is very much our priority besides other factors like air quality, tremors and any long-term effect that could be caused by the highway’s development,” he said.
The six-lane structure with twelve junctions passes close to rows of houses and shops in residential areas.
It will link the Lebuhraya Damansara-Puchong (LDP) and Sprint expressways, and serve as an alternative route for commuters to avoid heavy traffic.
The project is expected to be ready for use by August 2020.
Residents around Shah Alam, Damansara and Petaling Jaya have expressed anxiety over the long-term adverse effects to their vicinities.
The Selangor government has given an assurance that the views of the residents would be considered, including in possibly adjusting the alignment for their convenience.