Another community has expressed alarm over the closeness of the upcoming LRT3 to their houses, which could cause health and traffic problems to residents in the area, reported The Star.
For instance, residents found out during a presentation in April that the 15-storey Kelana D’Putera Condominium will only be six metres from the roof of one of LRT3’s stations. The construction will also encroach on their drains and would require the removal of trees.
Among those who are worried over the bad effects of LRT3’s construction and proximity to her house is Ruth Campbell, an 80-year-old solo resident.
“This place is absolutely beautiful. Some residents and I went and bought the trees to plant around the condominium to block the view of the New Klang Valley Expressway (NKVE). If the station and line is approved, we will have to stare at the LRT line.”
She is also worried over losing her privacy as people using the LRT3 could peek through her windows.
According to Kelana D’Putera’s Management Committee Chairman Jeffrey Lau, the condo’s proximity to one of LRT3’s stations will impact the well-being of the residents there, as shown by a Detailed Environmental Impact Assessment (DEIA) in 2015.
“In that DEIA report, it was stated that even at almost 500m away from us, the residual impact from the LRT3 project would be very strong. It also stated that the noise levels ‘exceeded acceptance limits’ for both day and night.”
If the original alignment’s expected noise levels and residual effect were already high, what about the amended alignment due to cost-cutting? He also revealed that they still haven’t seen the new DEIA report for the revised alignment.
Moreover, the proposed Persada Plus station, which is now called Station 6/SS7, was supposed to be built across NKVE near the Persada Plus office. But under the revised plans, it would be constructed at the back of Kelana D’Putera Condo.
While Prasarana Malaysia said the station’s new location is more convenient, Lau argued that it’s not a good choice as a 200m footpath will be the only entrance to the station. Aside from that, this narrow path is only accessible from the main road, which is usually bogged down by heavy traffic during peak hours.
“Cars are parked along Jalan SS7/26, which is only 5m wide, all the time and the traffic will only increase if a station is added,” noted Lau.
He explained that LRT users will likely park their cars along the main road as the station will not have ample parking space, and the anticipated traffic congestion could be troublesome, especially if ambulances and fire trucks need to pass through.
So resident Khoo Poh Hean wants to the authorities to gazette the Traffic Impact Assessment as well as the Social Impact Assessment for LRT3’s new alignment, particularly for Station 6.
In response to the grievances of the Kelana D’Putera residents, LRT3 Project Director Patrick Hwang Chee Leong clarified that the station is actually more than 15 metres from the condo.
“Due to cost optimisations directed by the Finance Ministry, we are now undergoing a review and redesign of all stations, including stations near Kelana D’Putera. We shall brief the residents after our new design is completed.”
Hwang also insisted that LRT3’s construction is not worsening the traffic situation in the vicinity. The main culprits are people who double park their cars in Jalan SS7/26 and the spillover of vehicles from Damansara–Puchong Expressway (LDP).
“Solving the issue of illegal parking will require the cooperation of enforcement authorities. As the area is under the local council’s purview, we will be seeking their involvement to tackle the issue.”
“On a positive note, we believe that when the new LRT station is operational, it will result in a reduction in traffic volume as commuters shift from private vehicles to public transportation, which will cause a 30 percent drop in future traffic volume,” he added.
Image sourced from The Star Online
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