It looks like the proposed Damansara-Shah Alam Elevated Expressway (DASH) still has to iron out some issues before it receives full approval from the Selangor state government – according to The Sun, highway concessionaire Projek Lintasan Kota Holdings (Prolintas) will submit design plans for a new alignment for the expressway after a group of residents in Damansara Perdana raised concerns over the current alignment.

The move, Selangor chief minister Mohamed Azmin Ali said, was made after discussions with the Works Ministry, the Malaysian Highway Authority (LLM) and Prolintas, following the residents’ protestations. “I hope the federal government will take into account the residents’ views on the last alignment of the highway, which passes through Damansara Perdana, LLM and Prolintas,” he said.

Azmin added that Prolintas has submitted a new alignment for the highway’s last phase, in order to gather feedback from residents and stakeholders.

The state government confirmed via its state planning committee that the entry line to DASH was implemented into the Shah Alam City Council’s (MBSA) Shah Alam Local Plan, Amendment 2, 2020 on February 10 last year.

This drew objections from a group of residents from Mutiara Damansara and Damansara Perdana called Say No To Dash (SNTD), who previously protested against the construction of the expressway on December 16, 2014. The then-current alignment, according to the initial construction plan, was claimed to pass through the densely-populated Damansara Perdana, Kota Damansara and Mutiara Damansara areas.

Issues between the developer and SNTD have yet to be resolved by LLM, The Sun‘s report stated, and Selangor has yet to approve the construction of any other highway. In addition, while Azmin is said to have not made a stand against the highway’s construction, he noted that the building of more highways in Selangor is not the “absolute solution” in rectifying the state’s traffic congestion woes.

Hence, Azmin said that Selangor is looking at more sustainable ways to ease traffic flow, including the construction of the LRT3 line – it’s said that the route will transport some 70,000 passengers a day from Bandar Utama to Jalan Johar if the project is completed by 2020.