PETALING JAYA: The Selangor government has decided to scrap the Petaling Jaya Dispersal Link (PJD Link Expressway) project.
Caretaker menteri besar Amirudin Shari said the impact assessment reports submitted by the developer were not satisfactory and did not meet certain conditions set by the state government, particularly its social impact assessment report (SIA).
“Therefore, the state government does not plan to proceed with the (project) and has decided to reject the application made by the developers of the PJD Link Expressway,” he said in a statement.
Amirudin said he wants to ensure a balance between the people’s interests and the economic development and sustainability of Selangor.
The proposal for the highway’s construction was approved in principle by the Cabinet in November 2017.
In September 2020, the state government approved the project in principle, subject to receipt of the impact assessment reports.
The PJD Link Expressway would have connected the north and south of Petaling Jaya, passing through Petaling Jaya Utara, Bandar Utama, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Petaling Jaya city centre, Taman Dato’ Harun, Taman Medan Baru, Taman Sri Manja, Bandar Kinrara and Bukit Jalil Technology Park.
The project was launched with the objective to ease traffic congestion and to cater to future traffic growth in the Greater Kuala Lumpur and Klang Valley area.
In June, PJD Link (M) Sdn Bhd, the concessionaire for the project, signed a heads of agreement (HoA) for RM922 million in financing facility with MCC Overseas (M) Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of China Metallurgical Group Corporation (MCC Group).
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