Selangor Youth and Sports, Infrastructure and Public Amenities committee chairman Dr Ahmad Yunus Hairi.
THE Selangor Forestry Department has been asked to conduct a four-week hearing before forest reserve land can be degazetted for the proposed East Klang Valley Expressway (EKVE).
Selangor Youth and Sports, Infrastructure and Public Amenities committee chairman Dr Ahmad Yunus Hairi said the hearing was necessary before forest reserve status near Ukay Perdana could be cancelled.
“The forest reserve land status has to be cancelled before it can be gazetted as highway reserve land under Section 8 of the Land Acquisition Act 1960,” he said.
He was responding to Dusun Tua assemblyman Razaly Hassan’s (PR) query on the status of the project also known as Kuala Lumpur Outer Ring Road-Eastern Route at the Selangor State Assembly yesterday.
The Forestry Act (Selangor) 2011 was amended to include public hearings.
The hearing committee will include Ahmad as well as Selangor Tourism, Consumer Affairs and Environment committee chairman Elizabeth Wong and other experts.
“Notices will be sent in December and we expect the hearing to take place sometime in January or February next year,” said Wong.
She also said Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim had said the de-gazetting of the forest reserve would depend on the outcome of the public hearing.
Wong said there were two options available to the state, one was to degazette and the other was to allow the highway to run through via Right Of Way (ROW).
Ahmad said a new committee chaired by Wong has also been set up to monitor the development of the EKVE.
“The new committee will monitor the effects on the environment,” he added.
The proposed EKVE will cross the Dusun Tua area including Bukit Enggang, Bandar Mahkota Cheras, Kuari Sg Long, Taman Sri Nanding, Kampung Sungai Michu and Taman Pinggiran Delima.
Razaly also asked how much would be given to villagers whose land had to be acquired.
However, Ahmad said this would only be decided once the EKVE line has been finalised.
The EKVE’s Detailed Environmental Impact Assessment (DEIA) was rejected several times before conditional approval was given on April 25.