THE briefing by Prasarana on the LRT extension at the Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) yesterday did not answer pertinent questions, said several councillors.
One of the controversies is the acquistion of the tennis court at Saujana Residency in SS16, Subang Jaya whereby the LRT alignment is set to run through the Saujana Residency serviced apartments and Empire Subang Jaya mall.
MPSJ town planning department director Yunos Kashid said compensation amounting to about RM4mil will be made by Prasarana and a letter of undertaking will be discussed by the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) and the Transport Ministry on the noise impact affecting the residents at these apartments..
“The distance between the alignment and the nearest residential unit is about six metres, hence residents’ concerns on the noise.
“However, the station is not likely to change,” said Yunos when met during the MPSJ’s meet-the-press session yesterday to update on the council’s latest activities.
MPSJ councillor for the area Dr Loi Kheng Min said he was told that a Form K has been issued for the land acquisition matter, but he was concerned about noise generated by the LRT hardly 20ft away from the residents’ block.
“Prasarana showed us a simulation about the noise and impact but what is the simulation based on? This is not an aircraft simulation,” Loi said.
“Prasarana previously had a meeting once with the residents but that was it. No reply was forthcoming since.”
Yunos added there will be a special dialogue for residents of Kg Seri Aman, Puchong on a yet to be confirmed date, with a public display of the LRT for them from March 15 onwards at the council.
He said this was because the residents there objected to having a LRT station in their area.
“The entire LRT alignment and placement of stations are already confirmed but there will be slight changes at Kg Seri Aman area as residents are totally against it,” said Yunos, adding the council has already approved about eight stations from the 19 or 20 stations to be built under this extension.
He claimed the residents in other areas have more or less agreed to the stations and the MPSJ has been instructed by the state to look into the details of each of the station.
When asked what transpired during the briefing, he said the councillors had requested to get copies of previous objections raised.
Councillor Rajiv Rishyakaran who was also at the briefing said Prasarana has still not conducted much public engagement or dialogues with the people.
“Many people are still in the dark and they have no idea what is going on,” said Rajiv.
“When the public display was held and people sent in their objections, there was no reply from Prasarana’,” he said.
“In the briefing, Prasarana said the noise level will be below the limit allowed. But when I asked them to give a letter of undertaking they were not agreeable,” said Rajiv.
He also questioned the capacity of waiting areas like the pick-up and drop-off sections, and if there’s sufficient storage area for feeder buses as Prasarana said it would provide.
“If the holding capacity is not enough, will motorists be stopping their cars illegally by the roadside hence causing congestion?
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