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The Proposed East Klang Valley Expressway (Kuala Lumpur Outer Ring Road Eastern Route) KLORR
Submitted by Lee Jin on 04 Feb 2012: The Proposed Project involves construction and operation of a tolled expressway linking Kajang SILK Highway (E18) at the southern side to Karak Expressway (E8) at the northern side of the expressway. In the DEIA, it is stated that the proposed alignment would traverse Hulu Gombak, Ampang and Hulu Langat Forest Reserves for a total length of 18.5km, affecting an area of 214.7 hectares.




Issue
2012-02-04
1. Treat Every Environment Special (TrEES)Legal Compliance
According to DOE Terms of Reference (TOR) for the preparation of DEIA "A project proponent must make sure that the proposed project concept and project location do not contradict any development plans, policies or any decisions of the Government of Malaysia prior to the submission of the TOR for the Detailed EIA report, namely (but not limited to the following ):

(i) National Physical plan
(ii) Structure Plan
(iii) Local Plan
(vi) Guidelines on Highland Development (Garispanduan Pembangunan Di Kawasan Tanah Tinggi )


Issue
2012-02-04
2. Treat Every Environment Special (TrEES)Need for the Project
The proposed KLORR has been proposed to meet the transportation needs of Kuala Lumpur. However, there are many ways to address the transportation needs. Constructing a highway may only be a short-term solution and has been shown to be unsustainable without a comprehensive transportation policy. Also, the perceived immediate and short term benefits of the project have to be balanced with the long-term, permanent costs to society of the loss of the ecosystem services provided by the natural environment, and also other social costs.

Issue
2012-02-04
3. Treat Every Environment Special (TrEES)Induced Impacts from Proposed Project
A proposed project, such as building a new road or highway through a pristine ecosystem is only the beginning of human-related impacts on the ecosystem. In a short period of time, the new road or highway will induce secondary development, in the form of additional branch roads, commercial development and human settlement that can have an even larger impact on the ecosystems than the original proposed new road or highway alone. Thus, the evaluation of the impacts of a proposed development project has to take into account the related induced impacts that will be caused by the project.


Issue
2012-02-04
4. Treat Every Environment Special (TrEES)Degree of Project Impacts and Adequacy of Proposed Mitigation Measures
The degree of the project impacts need to be highlighted clearly so that the social and environmental cost arising from the project can be evaluated against the potential benefits from the project. Also, the proposed mitigation measures need to be adequate to address the potential impacts.


Issue
2012-02-04
5. Treat Every Environment Special (TrEES)Inadequate Assessment of the Biological Environment
A comprehensive assessment of the biological environment is necessary so that all possible potential impacts of the project on the biological environment can be identified. An inadequate assessment will lead to the non-identification of some serious impacts on the biological environment.


Issue
2012-02-04
6. Treat Every Environment Special (TrEES)Gaps and Quality of the DEIA Report
The DEIA report has been found to have gaps and is of low quality. This focus issue area highlights the gaps and quality issues related to the DEIA report.


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