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Yesterday, it was reported that the Damansara-Shah Alam Elevated Expressway (DASH) had been given the official go-ahead by the Selangor state government, and that construction of the highway was expected to start by mid-2016, with completion in 2019.

Now, it turns out that this isn’t the case – the Selangor government says that the project hasn’t quite received full approval, and that not all the alignments for the project had been green-lighted, The Malaysian Insider reports.

Bukit Lanjan assemblywoman Elizabeth Wong told the publication that the Petaling Jaya alignment of the project had not yet been approved, and that only the DASH alignment at Shah Alam has been approved in the Shah Alam City Council Local Plan.

“The DASH alignments in the amendments to the Petaling Jaya Draft Local Plan (RTPJ2), that is, up to the last interchange at the NKVE (New Klang Valley Expressway), underwent a public hearing process. We are still waiting for the panel to meet to discuss the findings. As such, to say that the state has approved DASH is incorrect,” she stated.

Earlier, Kota Anggerik assemblyman Yaakob Sapari had said the Selangor government had approved the DASH project on all technical standpoints. Wong said Yaakob should have checked with the state government if any decisions had been made on DASH, the TMI report added. “Yaakob might not be aware of what is currently being discussed. He is more focused on the Shah Alam alignment, which has been approved,” she said.

Previously removed from the PJ Local Plan 2 due to a realignment proposal, news of DASH’s approval first surfaced 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.