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Previously removed from the PJ Local Plan 2 due to a realignment proposal, the Damansara-Shah Alam Elevated Expressway (DASH) has now been given the official go-ahead by the Selangor state government, based on all technical standpoints.

News of the approval came about quietly last week, when it was mentioned that the Works Ministry said the Selangor state government had given the green light for the construction of DASH as well as the Sungai Besi-Ulu Kelang Elevated Expressway (SUKE).

The three-lane, dual carriageway project will run a 20.1 km-long route from the Puncak Perdana U10 Shah Alam intersection to the Penchala interchange at Mutiara Damansara.

According to The Star, construction of the highway is expected to start by mid-2016, with completion in 2019. The Selangor state government was said to have already set aside a budget to accommodate DASH, prior to this. In addition to that, the green light was given by 13 departments, despite protests from groups such as the Say-No-To-Dash (SNTD), which comprises of residents in the area.

Yaakob Sapari, Kota Anggerik assemblyman said, “only about 12% of those who would be affected are protesting, and their properties only make up 200 m of the 20.1 km stretch.”

Highway concessionaire Prolintas, which carried out traffic impact assessments previously, stated that an alternative route such as DASH was needed for residents living in Puncak Alam, Saujana Utama and Cahaya SPK but were working in Kuala Lumpur. “Currently, there is no alternative route,” said one resident, while another noted that the NKVE was not able to handle the number of cars and was especially important for those in Section U9 and U10.

To address the issue of noise and dust pollution, Kuala Selangor councillor and advisor of the Yes-2-Dash (Y2D) group, Mohd Fakaruddin Ismail, said a solution has been drawn up by Prolintas. “Prolintas is willing to include a sound tube in the revised design for DASH. This is an elevated tunnel on the stretches where it is close to residential units.”

According to Ismail, aside from being a sound barrier, the tube is able to prevent dust as well. Jamalulkhair Khairedin, president of Y2D said the group will continue pushing for DASH to ensure that Persiaran Mokhtar Dahari is “expanded to ensure smoother traffic flow.”