The remarkable and rapid growth in the sister city of Kajang and Semenyih is attributed to its strategic location within the Southern pathway in the ‘backbone’ of the West Coast. The ‘backbone’, refers to the North-South Expressway that connects Kedah to Johor Bahru. Furthermore, Kajang and Semenyih are very well connected with multiple highways and a new transportation system, reinforcing them further as highly accessible cities.
As of today, Kajang and Semenyih are surrounded by four important highways: Expressway Lingkaran Tengah or North–South Expressway Central Link (ELITE), Kajang Dispersal Link Expressway (SILK), Lebuhraya Kajang–Seremban or Kajang–Seremban Highway (LEKAS) and Cheras–Kajang Expressway (CKE).
ELITE is an expressway within the NSE network, acting as a vital connection by providing an undisrupted link for northbound and southbound travellers. Most importantly, it bypasses the overly congested areas of Kuala Lumpur. ELITE opens Kajang and Semenyih to the rest of Peninsular Malaysia.
SILK is a 37km highway designed for travellers to bypass the heart of Kajang. Acting as the main ring road of Kajang, it was built to disperse the massive traffic jams that plugs the traffic flow in Kajang and regulate the flow. SILK Highway also allows the residents of Kajang and Semenyih a connection to other highways such as the Kuala Lumpur-Seremban Expressway, Sungai Besi Expressway and South Klang Valley Expressway.
LEKAS is a highway linking Kajang to Seremban in Negeri Sembilan. It is designed to go through Semenyih, Pajam, Mantin and Temiang. LEKAS is also connected to the Seremban Inner Ring Road. This particular highway was made to disperse the congested traffics of Kajang to Seremban. Very recently, a new interchange at Eco Majestic in Semenyih allows the inhabitants a more accessible pathway to LEKAS highway.
CKE, more popularly known as the Grand Saga Expressway, is an expressway in the Klang Valley that extends from the Connaught Interchange in Cheras, Kuala Lumpur to the northern side of Kajang in the township of Saujana Impian. This expressway is among the first eight-lane dual carriageways in Malaysia. Kajang and Semenyih travellers will be met with Cheras Sentral shopping mall at the exit.
The other element contributing to Kajang and Semenyih’s accessibility is their public transportation system. Their transportation systems include the public bus service, Keretapi Tanah Melayu or Malayan Railways Limited (KTM) and the newly installed Mass Rapid Transit (MRT).
Public bus services in Kajang and Semenyih are RapidKL and Jetbus. The Semenyih’s bus terminal is located at Semenyih Sentral where public buses to or from Kajang and Kuala Lumpur are available. Kajang’s main bus terminal is located at the border of Kajang and Semenyih.
The KTM is one of the most convenient transportation systems for Kajang and Semenyih’s occupants. In the vicinity of the sister cities are 3 KTM stations. Firstly, Kajang KTM station is located in the heart of the city. Next, UKM KTM station is located in the southern area near Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia or National University of Malaysia (UKM). Lastly is Bangi station, which is in a city encircled by the southern area of Kajang.
Working hand in hand with the existing KTM system is the recently implemented MRT Sungai Buloh-Kajang line. This line is the very first MRT system completed in the Klang Valley MRT project, stretching over 51km from Sungai Buloh to Kajang. It is said that 160,000 cars can be taken off the road if 400,000 people use the MRT daily. The MRT train will run at a frequency of every 3.5 minutes – a definite boon for the public transport users of Kajang and Semenyih.
Future Highways & Transportations
What is in the future of Kajang and Semenyih? Within the next few years 2 more MRT lines and 2 more highways – the East Klang Valley Express Way (EKVE) and Sungai Besi–Ulu Klang Elevated Expressway (SUKE) – will emerge.
The MRT Sungai Buloh-Serdang-Putrajaya line is the second line in the Klang Valley MRT project. It is currently under construction and is expected to open in 4 years time. The third MRT line is the Circle MRT Line which is still under planning. The operation is projected to open in year 2027. These lines will significantly increase the accessibility of the transportation network for the dwellers in Kajang and Semenyih.
EKVE is an upcoming expressway, currently under construction within Klang Valley. It is in the plans to extend over 39.5km in order to connect Ukay Perdana in Ampang to Bandar Sungai Long in Kajang. This expressway will be a part of the Kuala Lumpur Outer Ring Road. EKVE is expected to be completed by 2019. By its completion, the expressway is projected to benefit 140,000 travellers of Kajang and Semenyih per day.
SUKE, an underway expressway stretching over 31.8 km, is the connection that will complete a ring of networked highways in the vicinity of Klang Valley including the CKE highway. SUKE expressway will act as an alternative route to Kajang from Ulu Klang, with its construction be completed in 2019.
Kajang and Semenyih will be more populated as more new projects are completed within the next year. There will be four new serviced residences popping up including Saville@ Kajang by Oct 2017. L’MARQ Residence in Semenyih and 3Residences as well as The Louvre in Kajang are set to be completed in 2018.
In the next three years, Kajang will have 3 new condominiums. Oasis 1 and Lavender Residence are expected in 2018 with Camellia Residence in Bandar Sungai Long to follow suit by 2019. Furthermore, the development of high-end semi-detached houses in Tropicana Heights will conclude within 2 years. Parkfield Residences by early next year and Ridgefield Residences in 2019. Similarly in Semenyih, Greensville is expected to conclude by the end of this year.
In addition, Semenyih is expecting 228 Smart Industrial Series by 2018, a modern development of light industrial factories. There is also a new township, Setia EcoHill 2 coming up in the same year. U-City, a new mixed development focused in the vicinity of Nottingham University, is expected to be completed further along the line in 2020. EcoHill Walk Mall, the highly anticipated grand shopping mall is to follow by 2021.
The sister cities of Kajang and Semenyih boast a history of 300 years. But, in the last 10 years, they have rapidly transformed together. With their speedy developments in terms of highways, transportations and infrastructures; the future shines bright for Kajang and Semenyih.