Tropicana Link to open on a trial basis

A meeting was held in MBPJ HQ yesterday to brief residents on the 17 proposals from the macro traffic study conducted by MAG Technical & Development Consultants Sdn Bhd. Three Resident Associations were invited for this meeting. Ara Damansara was represented by Datuk Aziz, President of Laman Ara RA, Tropicana by Encik Shukri and Damansara Idaman by Encik Wan Annuar. MBPJ’s Deputy Mayor, Encik Tuan Puasa Bin Md Taib chaired the meeting.

Mr Goh Bok Yen, the traffic consultant briefed us on the history of the traffic study and how the team comprising of working committee, steering committee and advisory committee arrived at the recommendations. A total of 32 Residents Associations were also contacted to solicit residents’ inputs.

Each of the 17 proposals was discussed in detail.

On the proposal for a road linking Ara Damansara to Tropicana (the famous Tropicana Link), Deputy Mayor shared with us that the land has been surrendered to the State in 2003. According to Encik Tuan Puasa, referring to Act 163 Sec 5D, MBPJ is empowered to complete the road and he said MBPJ will start the paperwork immediately to get the State Government to endorse this decision. A tender exercise will soon be called and work to commence shortly. It is expected the road will be ready by end February.

In a subsequent discussion on the Jalan Tanjung issue, as the State Government has won the judicial review of the land in dispute, the land which will cost RM2.5M will be acquired soon and the road will be widened to 3 lanes (2 out, 1 in). The construction costs is expected to cost RM4M+ and will be shared by 6 property developers in the area.

Encik Shukri asked that the Tropicana Link and Jalan Tanjung issues be combined and the opening of the two to be timed together. Encik Wan Annuar asked for a right turn at the T-junction of Jalan PJU 1A/1 with Persiaran Tropicana which was earlier opposed by Tropicana RA. MBPJ has no objection of having a right turn and there was agreement to have it on a trial basis.