UNHAPPY:Residents are already experiencing bad traffic with the presence of SJK (C) Damansara nearby
RESIDENTS from around Tropicana Indah and Sunway Damansara are against the proposed development of an international school here. They fear that it would worsen the already badly congested traffic.
The proposed building, expected to cover more than 90,000 sq m, would provide preschool, primary, secondary and pre-university education.
In a press conference to voice their dissatisfaction, Tropicana Indah residents association chairman Lim Kok Boon said the residents here were already experiencing bad traffic with the presence of SJK (C) Damansara school nearby.
"Many parents from Kota Damansara, Ara Damansara, Aman Suria and Bandar Utama send their children here.
"It takes about 30 minutes for a vehicle to come out from the school and get back onto the main road," he said.
Also present at the press conference were representatives of residents associations in Sunway Sutera, Sunway Damansara, Riana Green Condominium, Avenue 23, Taman Impian, Tropicana Indah and Casa Tropicana.
Earlier, about 100 residents here held an hour's protest to express their fears of the traffic conditions if the proposed building was approved by Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ).
The proposal is for the school to be built between Jalan Tropicana Utara and Persiaran Damansara Indah, near the major traffic junctions.
Two public hearings had been held since the residents found out about the project in March last year.
Lim added that the suggestions from the traffic impact assessment report were not practical to resolve the traffic congestion that will worsen when the school opens.
"The proposed new traffic junction in front of the school will only create a massive gridlock and motorists will not be able to make a U-turn."
Another proposal, he said, is to have an additional left turn lane. But that too is expected to create a bottleneck as the lanes merge into a single lane again.
"We have submitted our papers to object to the project. We hope for a rational response from the council," Lim said.
Resident Chin Fook Meng, 62, said he was not against the building of the school but was only concerned with the traffic issue.