Holy cow! The 2030 Central Line cuts through the forest!

Although my note about the Land Transport Authority’s announcement about new MRT lines last week was dispassionate, I was really breathless.

Why? Well, their plans included a 50km east-west line which right through the forest, and obvious even in the smallest map! Alert friends saw the blog post on Facebook and asked the same question.

This was an area we thought was inviolate, a nature reserve.

I thought. oh, surely this was not what it seemed to be. I asked a few people and then was away cycling in KL. Back home, no one knew anything, so we’ll just have to ask LTA. Perhaps they are so experienced with underground drilling that the concerns we have will be all explained away.

Without biologists on their team or an EIA, though, I’ll still have questions.

Meanwhile, I thought I should explain to others what I was concerned about. So I revived Habitatnews and illustrated, with the help of a few maps, that “LTA’s proposed Cross Island Line (CRL) cuts through the Central Catchment Forest Reserve”.

The red indicates the path of CRL through CCNR,
derived from singeo’s overlay of the LTA map on Google Earth

Ladybug saw the map I was preparing and said in disbelief, “no lah, they are going around, this is just a concept”.

One hopes indeed.

Direct link to the large map here.


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