WAITING FOR GREEN LIGHT:Plan will be submitted to the PJ council’s infrastructure committee for approval
THE right turn from the Taman Tun Dr Ismail interchange that leads to Damansara Utama may be reopened soon.
The Malaysian Highway Authority and Lingkaran Trans Kota (Litrak) has agreed to reopen the right turn in a meeting last Thursday pending Petaling Jaya City Council's (MBPJ)'s approval.
Litrak communication head Shah Rizal Mohamed Fauzi confirmed meeting with MBPJ engineering department director Cheremi Tarman.
He said Litrak was told that the new plan would be submitted to the council's infrastructure committee for approval.
"There may be changes made to the TTDI Interchange's traffic scheme to address safety concerns related to the reopening of the right turn," he added.
Damansara Utama residents have been forced to make a U-turn on the LDP near the Tropicana City Mall since the turn was removed in late April.
Motorists say they take about 45 minutes to cover the stretch.
The previous traffic plans for the TTDI Interchange included an access road into Damansara Utama and Bandar Utama near Jalan SS 21/44 next to the SK Damansara Utama.
The Damansara Utama Residents and Owners Association (Duroa) has however wanted to retain that strip as a green lung.
So far the council has neither approved nor rejected the concessionaire's application to use it and the latter has continued with the construction within its right-of-way by leaving out the access road.
The council's engineering department would be discussing whether or not the green belt will be used when the right turn is reopened.
Duroa chairman Rajes Patel said he was only informed of the meeting via a text message from the area's councillor Terrence Tan.
"Tan said he would talk to Cheremi to inform us through a letter from the council by next week," Rajes said, adding that he would refrain from commenting until then.