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The government is reportedly looking at an alternative to the stalled Kinrara-Damansara Expressway (Kidex) project, which was supposedly axed by the Selangor state government earlier this year. The project has seen much resistance from residents along the proposed path, primarily those from Petaling Jaya.

One option being considered is an underground highway, Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusuf said, but this would depend on response and takeup. He added that the construction of an underground highway was more expensive than an elevated highway, The Star reports.

“We are open to alternatives to build the Kidex. Initial studies have shown that it is expensive and not many are willing to do it. If there are private investors who are willing to do it and it is viable to the public, we will consider (underground option),” Fadillah told reporters.

He stated though that Kidex was necessary to connect PJ, because there were insufficient roads in the area at present. Despite the planned focus on public transportation for the city, Fadillah didn’t think the public transport system will be able to meet the requirements of PJ residents if it was not served by a good network of roads.

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“We understand from the Selangor government that Kidex is no more because they want to focus on public transportation. But our view is that even if you need to have public transportation, you will need the roads to serve (buses),” he said.

The planned 14.9 km-long Kidex 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. The aim of the route is to provide motorists an alternative to the heavily-utilised Lebuhraya Damansara-Puchong (LDP).

The report states that based on the original plan, Kidex was expected to cost an estimated RM2.42 billion for the entire stretch, which would run along 3,784 lots of land and properties, with an estimated 10% of these needing to be acquired for the purpose of the highway’s construction.

An underground highway requires minimum land acquisition, the report adds, but there is still significant cost. The cost per kilometre for Kidex’s elevated structure amounts to about RM162.42 million per km.


Comparatively, the Stormwater Management and Road Tunnel (SMART) cost RM1.89 billion to build, back in 2007. At 9.7 km-long, it worked out to around RM194.9 million per km, but the cost had also incorporated the advanced engineering systems utilised in the tunnel to handle flood waters.

In related news, the Works Ministry said the Selangor state government has given the green light for the construction of the Damansara-Shah Alam Elevated Expressway (DASH) and the Sungai Besi-Ulu Kelang Elevated Expressway (SUKE).

Both are three-lane, dual carriageway projects – the 20.1 km-long DASH will run from the Puncak Perdana U10 Shah Alam intersection to the Penchala interchange at Mutiara Damansara, while the SUKE will be a 31.8 km-long link between Sri Petaling and Ulu Kelang.