The MPSJ monthly full board meeting was embroiled in a verbal tussle today when councillors deliberated an approval granted to the Subang Jaya City Centre project owner, Sime Darby.
Councillor Rajiv Rishyakaran noted that Subang Jaya assemblywoman Hannah Yeoh had yet to peruse the new traffic circulation plan proposed by Sime Darby when the council’s One Stop Center (OSC) committee had approved it.
Sime Darby presented the plan to Yeoh two weeks ago, seeking a waiver of a condition that requires it to build a flyover in its SS16 project site, and pledged to replace it with some other traffic measures.
Hence, Rishyakaran (right) cried foul that OSC should not have waived the condition from Sime Darby without Yeoh’s consent.
“I hope we can withhold the decision until Yeoh studies the case,” he said.
Council president, Asmawi Kasbi, however defended the move, saying that the developer had already proved that building a flyover is technically impossible on the site.
“The flyover will cross paths with the LRT extension,” he said, adding that MPSJ will explore alternatives.
Rishyakaran then urged the council to take the issue seriously, as Ikram (Public Works Institute of Malaysia) has warned that traffic conditions in SS16 will deteriorate to F-class should there be unbridled development in the area.
SJCC is a 13.75 acres integrated development with shophouses, apartments, LRT station and office blocks.
Sime Darby was initially asked to build a flyover between Persiaran Jengka and Persiaran Kemajuan and two roundabouts as the conditions imposed for the project’s approval.
Talking to Komunitikini later, Rishyakaran said there was no reason for the council to have rushed in waiving the condition.
“If you exclude the condition now, you can’t add on another later,” he said.
“Now it’s too late; we got nothing to bargain with Sime Darby already,” he added.