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The Kinrara-Damansara Expressway (Kidex) has been axed, according to a number of news reports – Selangor Menteri Besar Azmin Ali announced the cancellation of the project today following Kidex’s failure to comply with three conditions set by a February 14 deadline.

The state government had, with public feedback on the matter, set these conditions for the approval of the project. The first was to disclose reports on the project’s independent traffic impact asssessment, social impact assessment and environmental impact assessment.

The reports had to show benefit to users and residents after taking into account the negative impact of going ahead with the highway. The other two conditions were for the project to reveal toll charges for whole duration of concession, including that of increments, as well as the revealing of the full concession agreement.

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“Since not one of these conditions were met by Kidex by the end of the period given, the Selangor state government is announcing the cancellation of the project,” Azmin said in a statement issued earlier today. He added that a similar approach will be adopted in the consideration of applications for approval of other expressways in the state, the news reports add.

The much-talked about 14.9 km elevated highway project is supposed to connect the NKVE from the Damansara toll plaza to Bandar Kinrara. It includes seven interchanges and will pass through Petaling Jaya and Puchong, before linking up to the Bukit Jalil Highway.

UPDATE: Following the Selangor decision to cancel Kidex, it has been reported that Works Minister Datuk Fadillah Yusof is set to take the matter back to the Cabinet for a decision. The federal government had over the weekend approved another extension for the project, from February 15 to November 14.

There has of course been resistance to the project from residents, primarily those from Petaling Jaya – the burning question is whether the project is completely canned for good, or merely delayed to resurface later. Time will tell. What do you think of Kidex and the apparent cancellation of the project? Share your views with us in the comments section below.