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More on the Damansara-Shah Alam Elevated Expressway (DASH) project – the unresolved realignment plans have prompted the Selangor state government to step in to open a discussion with stakeholders by next month to resolve the long-standing issue, The Sun reports.

The state feels it is necessary to come in and facilitate talks between the Malaysian Highway Authority (LLM), Projek Lintasan Kota Holdings (Prolintas) and residents, as nothing has come out of it thus far, Bukit Lanjan assemblyman Elizabeth Wong told reporters.

“(We will have the sit down) some time in March with all the parties that we already named. We already said since April last year that this matter has to be resolved,” she said, adding that she will continue engaging both residents and LLM to see if a new alignment could be worked out.

The state government has come under pressure by affected residents over its handling of the project, with Say No To Dash (SNTD) condemning the lack of action to tackle issues raised, the report adds. The current alignment has been claimed by Damansara Perdana residents to be too close to their homes, with certain points of the highway being a mere 11 metres away from housing areas.

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Back in November, it was reported that highway concessionaire Prolintas was set to submit design plans for a new alignment for the expressway after residents in Damansara Perdana complained. Selangor chief minister Mohamed Azmin Ali said that Prolintas was submitting a new alignment for the highway’s last phase, in order to gather feedback from residents and stakeholders.

Previously removed from the PJ Local Plan 2 due to its realignment proposal, DASH was reported to have gained approval in October last year, when it was mentioned that the Works Ministry said the Selangor state government had given the green light for the construction of the highway.

Later, it turned out that this was not the case, the state government saying that the project had not quite received full approval and that not all the alignments for the project had been green-lighted.

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