TNB: Alternative route no better

Selangor Times 30-12-2011

SHAH ALAM: Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) is maintaining its stand that the alternative route proposed by a foreign consultant is no better than the original route for the stalled high-tension cable project in Rawang.

“Some of the shops along Jalan Ipoh will have to be demolished [if we use the alternative route],” said TNB vice-president (transmission) Datuk Rozimi Remeli in a phone interview yesterday.

Hired by Selangor to conduct a feasibility study on alternative routes for TNB’s Central Area Reinforcement (CAR) project, Aecom New Zealand had proposed to align the 275kV power lines along the Rawang Highway using existing road reserves.

“If the state can suggest a route where we don’t have to remove houses or shops, why would we reject such a deal?” said Rozimi.

He said TNB would be more than willing to follow an alternative route that is “free of encumbrance”.

He added that CAR is an important project to strengthen the grid that supplies power from Perak power stations to Selangor, including Rawang and Bukit Beruntung.

He said the power lines, stretching from Bukit Tarek in northern Selangor to Chubadak in Ampang, are 98% completed.

“The remaining 2% is the part that goes through Kampung Sungai Terentang. We only have to install five more towers [to complete the project],” said Rozimi.

Since 2005, Kampung Sungai Terentang villagers have protested against the transmission lines from passing through their village as at least 51 homes would have to be demolished.

In addition, villagers are concerned that a primary school, a maternity and child clinic, and a kindergarten expected to be completed next January are located only 20 to 25 metres from the proposed transmission line.

According to the International Health Research Association, pregnant women, infants and children are the groups most vulnerable to magnetic fields from high-voltage transmission lines.

Rawang assemblyperson Gan Pei Nei said various government agencies, including TNB senior engineers, state and local government officials, have surveyed the alternative route last Thursday night and Friday morning.

She said the detailed survey findings are expected to be presented at the Selangor Economic Action Council next Thursday.


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