By THEAN LEE CHENG
[email protected] | Jan 15, 2011
PETALING JAYA: The Land Public Transport Commission (LPTC) has organised two meetings today with members of the public affected by the construction and alignment of the country’s first mass rail transport (MRT) system.
It will be the first of the many sessions by LPTC with residents and business communities from now until the middle of the year.
The commission met with representatives of chambers of commerce and the business community yesterday.
The first round of these sessions with residents and business communities focuses on the environmental impact assessment (EIA) of the RM40bil project, with emphasis on the first phase of what may eventually be part of a proposed 150km line.
This first phase, known as the Sg Buloh-Kajang line, is considered as optimum as it will provide public transport to areas with little or no public transport currently.
In a circular to 53 resident associations and community groups dated Dec 30, the commission said it wanted the public to be informed about the EIAs it had carried out on the project.
The morning session at Institut KWSP in Bandar Baru Bangi is for Cheras and Kajang residents while the afternoon session at Eastin Hotel, Petaling Jaya, is for Damansara and Shah Alam residents.
The objectives of the sessions are to inform and explain the environmental impact of the MRT line and get feedback from the affected stakeholders and residents.
Developers, whose projects and housing schemes are located along the MRT alignment, are also expected to be there.
Feedback from these sessions will be used by the different authorities to enhance the concept and design of the line, the circular said.
The people’s views will be forwarded to the Prime Minister and any change in alignment will be finalised and approved by him. The LPTC comes under the Prime Minister’s Department.
The EIA report, including assessment on noise, pollution, social impact and property value, will also be displayed at all local authorities, the Department of Enviroment headquarters and offices in Selangor and public libraries.
The MRT is one of the projects identified under the Government’s economic transformation programme (ETP).