Pressure group cries foul over elevated highway project

A sign indicating that the Bangsar-Damansara elevated highway project is on.

PETALING JAYA: A group fighting for wholesome city planning has accused the federal territories minister and Kuala Lumpur MPs of reneging on their promise to keep the public informed of the status of the Bangsar-Damansara elevated highway project.

The allegation was prompted by the emergence of a signboard outside the Damansara MRT station indicating that the RM211 million project will go ahead.

“We were promised that there would be engagements with communities in the vicinity if the project was to be revived,” said M Ali, deputy chairman of Selamatkan Kuala Lumpur (SKL), a pressure group that describes itself as an advocate of city planning that “protects our communities, our environment and our future”.

Ali told FMT the appearance of the signboard came as a shock to people residing in the affected areas because there had been no consultation with them.

“All we are seeking is engagement and sharing of information,” he said. “Why are they being so secretive?”

The project was said to have been cancelled after Pakatan Harapan came to power in May last year. The reason given was that public funds could not be used for a project that would essentially serve private interests, in this case the developers of Pavilion Damansara and Damansara City.

According to reports at the time, Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) would contribute RM130 million to the cost.

Two months before last May’s general election, the then federal territories minister, Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor, said the project was scheduled for completion in June 2020. The 1,340m three-lane carriageway would run from Jalan Semantan to the junction of Sprint Highway with Jalan Maarof, shortening the journey from Bangsar to Pusat Bandar Damansara.

Ali called for clarification from DBKL on the status of the project.