Two independent consultants have submitted their traffic studies for Ara Damansara to the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ).
MBPJ councillor Khairul Anuar Ahmad Zainuddin said consultants from Universiti Malaya had proposed a plot ratio of between 1:4 and 1:6 for Ara Damansara, which will be turned into a transportation hub.
The other consultant, a private company, proposed a plot ratio of 1:2 for Ara Damansara to make it a low-density neighbourhood.
“Nevertheless, the draft Special Area Plan (RKK) is still in the drafting stage.
“After this, the draft plan will be put up for public viewing and residents can air their views,” he added.
Traffic congestion has always been a perpetual problem in Ara Damansara where access to the busier parts of Petaling Jaya are bad, hence residents are concerned over future development in the area.
The Petaling Jaya Local Plan 2 gazetted recently stated the area could have a plot ratio of 1:4.
“We have been practising openness by inviting residents to briefings on the proposed projects and we take in the points raised when considering approval for the projects,” he said, citing the Ara Greens Wellness and Healthcare City project had been instructed to ensure smooth traffic flow as a condition under its Development Order.
Nevertheless, the good news for Ara Damansara residents is the missing link between the housing estate and Tropicana should be ready soon.
“The tender was out last month and we will have the tender board meeting on March 18. The council has allocated RM300,000 for this project and I hope it can be completed in early April,” Khairul said.
“With an injunction filed, the developer could not proceed with constructing the road and so the council brought this case to the exco meeting in January and the state then declared it a public road.
“The council will pay for now for the benefit of motorists and will discuss with the developer about cost-sharing later,” he said.
He added there had been progress with the 17 proposals to improve traffic in Petaling Jaya Utara with four projects completed last year.
Five projects are scheduled to be completed this year, one in 2012 and four in 2013.
However, three other projects have been delayed due to land and funding issues.
“The developers are slow in payment and give all sort of excuses despite the many reminders sent to them.
The two projects are pending developers’ financial contribution for work to start — one to improve the LDP junction near Jalan SS25/29 and Jalan SS25/23, and the other an elevated ramp connecting Jalan PJU1A/1, Persiaran Tropicana and Jalan Bukit Mayang Emas.
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