THE residents of Putra Heights and Taman Subang Alam, have expressed concern over the proposed LRT extension route near their areas.
They feel the Selangor government should intervene to reassess the proposed route.
The proposed route which runs from Kelana Jaya will be extended to Subang Jaya and make its way to Putra Heights and Taman Subang Alam in Shah Alam with a station each.
Putra Heights resident Prem Kaur said the site identified for the 11th LRT station on the route was as close as seven metres from the double-storey terrace houses in the area.
Prem, who heads the LRT taskforce committee in the area, said the site was too near their homes.
“The granite soil in the area is also not strong enough to support the LRT’s concrete pillars in the future,” she said.
Prem said the group had sought assistance from disaster management engineer Dr Tajol Anuar to conduct a study on the proposed routes to get a clearer picture of how safe the site was.
“He (Tajol) studied the site and came up with a geology report stating that it is not viable to build the LRT on the terrain between stations 11 and 12 as it was dangerous and highlighted us a few points supporting the report,” said Prem.
Taman Subang Alam resident committee member Afideen Azali said the station to be built on their site will sit on Tenaga Nasional Berhad’s (TNB) Right of Way (ROW).
“I do not understand why Syarikat Prasarana Negara Berhad (Prasarana) has chosen that spot when they know the danger of occupying land under TNB’s high voltage tension cables.
“There is also an old quarry lake near the site which is deeper than the homes in the area, hence he said the residents fear the walls around the quarry may crumble when piling works begin.
“ It is a disaster waiting to happen and when it does, it will be too late,” said Afideen.
He added they have been holding several meetings for the past two years and had even submitted a survey report by Merdeka Centre to the Mentri Besar but received no reply.
The residents hoped the Mentri Besar would look into the alternative route which Shah Alam City Council had came up with.
The route which is said to be 2.1km longer and will cost an additional RM500 mil is seen to be a better choice as it covers Section 27 and 28.
“Why waste more money to mitigate the quarry wall and strengthen the soil when you can choose other empty land in the area,” said Prem. During a meeting attended by Sri Muda assemblyman Shuhaimi Shafiei recently, both resident committees appealed to him to look into their woes and convey the message to the Mentri Besar.
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