CITY HALL YET TO AP­PROVE PROJECT

Author­ity is col­lect­ing ob­jec­tions from in­ter­ested par­ties, says mayor

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FAISAL ASYRAF KUALA LUMPUR news@nst.com.my

CITY Hall main­tains that it has not given ap­proval for the de­vel­op­ment of a con­tro­ver­sial hous­ing project at Taman Rimba Kiara in Taman Tun Dr Is­mail (TTDI) here.

Mayor Datuk Seri Mohd Amin Nordin Abd Aziz said the project was pend­ing ap­proval as it was still un­der the Rule 5 ob­jec­tion process.

“City Hall is col­lect­ing ob­jec­tions from in­ter­ested and rel­e­vant par­ties,” he said yes­ter­day.

Amin said City Hall ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor (plan­ning) Datuk Mohd Na­jib Mohd would chair a meet­ing on the project and note the ob­jec­tions against it.

How­ever, he said, peo­ple should know that in­di­vid­u­als or or­gan­i­sa­tions that owned any land had the right to de­velop it.

Amin said that long­house res­i­dents in TTDI were ex­pected to be re­lo­cated to a new hous­ing area once the project, should it pass the ob­jec­tion process, was com­pleted.

“City Hall of­fered these res­i­dents Peop l e ’ s H o u s i n g P r ogramme (PPR) units and public hous­ing, but they de­clined,” he said.

Asked how the sta­tus of the land at Taman Rimba Kiara was changed from public to pri­vate land, Amin said any party could ap­ply to own any land, adding that in this case, the ap­pli­ca­tion was ap­proved by the Fed­eral Ter­ri­to­ries land ex­ec­u­tive coun­cil­lor.

Fed­eral Ter­ri­to­ries Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Tengku Ad­nan Tengku Man­sor had ear­lier said the de­vel­op­ment project would pro­ceed de­spite ob­jec­tions from TTDI res­i­dents.

He said the de­vel­op­ment would not dis­turb the Rimba Kiara recre­ational area, which was a con­cern of TTDI res­i­dents.

Tengku Ad­nan said 180 units of the af­ford­able apart­ment block would be given free to for­mer estate work­ers, who were TTDI’s orig­i­nal res­i­dents.

He said the hous­ing project at Taman Rimba Kiara would in­clude the con­struc­tion of a 29storey af­ford­able apart­ment and eight ser­viced apart­ment blocks.

The TTDI Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion, at a town hall meet­ing last week­end, protested the hous­ing project de­vel­op­ment, and said it was mulling le­gal ac­tion should the project pro­ceed.

It claimed that TTDI would be over­whelmed with 8,000 to 10,000 new res­i­dents as a con­se­quence of the project.

It had also dis­cov­ered, via a meet­ing with City Hall, that the de­vel­op­ment would in­volve ex­ten­sive road con­struc­tion in the sub­urb.

Datuk Seri Mohd Amin Nordin Abd Aziz

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