Bukit Damansara House Owners’ Association (RA) has submitted a memorandum to the Land Public Transport Commission (LPTC) on the new Sungai Buloh-Kajang mass rapid transit (MRT) project.
Some 30 residents around Damansara Heights turned up for a briefing on the project organised by LPTC and Prasarana at Wisma UOA in Bangsar recently.
The RA president Tan Sri Dr Abdul Aziz Abdul Rahman said the main suggestion in the memorandum was to allow the train to run underground.
“It may cost more but I believe Prasarana can make more money by turning the station into an underground commercial centre,” he added.
The RA also suggested the number of stations be reduced from two to one. The current plan has two stations — Pusat Bandar Damansara and Semantan — but the residents said the stations were only 1km apart.
A LPTC representative said costs would increase if it was built underground, from RM57mil to an estimated RM84mil.
He added the Government would also be forced to acquire 22 double-storey link houses as well as the Help Institute’s open car park.
If the current alignment was maintained, he said only two petrol stations and Wisma UOA in Damansara would be acquired.
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia’s Institute of Noise and Vibration Professor Dr Mohd Salman Leong was brought in by the Department of Environment (DOE) to address noise pollution issues.
Many residents were concerned over the increase in noise levels when the MRT project begins.
Dr Salman said the DOE had approved a limit of 65dba during the day and 60dba at night, which was much lower compared with international guidelines of 80dba.
“To counter and reduce noise levels, semi-enclosures will be erected on the tracks from Medang Serai to the Peninsular Residence,” he said.
However, residents are not convinced of the efforts as they feared there willd not be constant monitoring to ensure the noise levels were within permited limits.
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