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It’s said that construction of the Damansara-Shah Alam Elevated Expressway (DASH) is on track to commence in August, despite the last mile of the alignment still awaiting the green-light from the Selangor state government. The latter is so as the state has yet to engage with residents affected by the construction of the highway – particularly at the final stretch, The Malay Mail reports.

“The ministry is still waiting for the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) for this project to be gazetted in the Petaling Jaya local plan 2. Based on our plans, if there are no objections, the DASH project will begin construction in August 2016,” said Works Minister Datuk Fadillah Yusof, back in March this year.

Meanwhile, Selangor state executive councillor, Elizabeth Wong said recently, “the highway has been approved from the Shah Alam side. The part where there is the dispute is the last mile, literally the last mile. There’s still the exco decision where there still needs to be continuous engagement.” She added that the Federal Government could commence work at any sections which have no issues.

“They want to start, they can start in Shah Alam first, they can start in other sections with no objections, but (the final mile) is subject to the discussion that will be happening soon, so that we can iron out kinks and settle the issue. That is a federal project, so when they start is up to them,” Wong pointed out.

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Wong noted that a discussion was supposed to be held between residents who were affected by the project and the Selangor Town and Country Planning Department (JPBD) in March. “It was supposed to be in March obviously it didn’t happen, so hopefully, it will soon,” Wong said.

In March, MBPJ councillor Lee Suet Sen confirmed that the Selangor state government had already granted approval for DASH and that the proposed alignment had already been reinserted in the PJ local plan 2 last year, following a temporary removal.

That said, the final stretch of the alignment could still be amended, according to Lee. “The last stretch of the highway in the plan will be a dotted line to indicate that adjustments can still be made, this is where Damansara-Perdana is. So, we will let the concessionaire communicate with the affected residents on this matter,” Lee said a few months ago.

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. The RM11.5 billion expressway will have 12 interchanges and link motorists to the Damansara-Puchong Expressway (LDP) and the Sprint highway.