Residents take initiative to resurface missing link

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Residents take initiative to resurface missing link

Postby admin » Tue Mar 29, 2011 9:08 am

Ara Damansara residents in Petaling Jaya got together and resurfaced the 300m missing link in Jalan PJU1A/1.

The missing link has been a long-outstanding issue as it has remained unpaved for years and is full of potholes.

The link forms part of the Jalan PJU1A/1 connecting Ara Damansara to Tropicana, but residents said those travelling from Bandar Utama or Kota Damansara use it, too.

They said the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) had been slow in responding to calls to repair the road even after the state government declared that the stretch should remain open for public use.

The residents came out last Saturday with their hoes and shovel to patch up the potholes and level the uneven stretch.

Ara Damansara Response Group pro tem acting chairman Philip Wong said the residents took the initiative because MBPJ was slow in taking action.

Resident Aziz Ibrahim said repairing the road would not only serve Ara Damansara residents but also those from other neighbourhoods.

“This is a public road and has been a stumbling block for too long,” he said.

The link road has been barricaded several times in the past.

A group of residents under the Damansara Idaman Owners and Residents Association (Diora) had filed an injunction in August 2010 against the developer from opening the road and wanted MBPJ to implement the proposed short-term projects ito ease the traffic flow in Petaling Jaya Utara before opening the stretch.

Kota Damansara assemblyman Dr Mohd Nasir Hashim, who was also present at the gotong-royong, said the MBPJ had already appointed a company to build the missing link as soon as possible.

“With MBPJ coming into the picture now, it is considered a public road and the injunction does not apply,” said Dr Nasir.

“I appreciate the initiative of residents and will be pushing for work to start soon and hopefully within two to three weeks, residents will get a new smooth road,” he said.

He added that the cost of building the road and drain was RM300,000.

“I’m also asking the residents to pass their bill for the work they have done so that I could get the contractor to offset the amount paid,” he said.

Several residents also collected donations from passing motorists.

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