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Sunday, December 14, 2008

Goverment freezes Damansara 21 project

PUTRAJAYA: The Damansara 21 hillside project – deemed a high-risk development by the Government and where two landslips have occurred – has been frozen.

The Government has also ordered that the construction of the 34-storey block on Lot PT 21, Persiaran Raja Chulan be halted immediately pending a decision by the Govern­ment.

The developer has been told to take measures to prevent soil erosion.

Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Zulhasnan Rafique announced a temporary halt on structural works for the Damnasara 21 – a multi-million-ringgit bungalow project by Selangor Dredging Bhd (SDB) – but declined to say if the project would be shelved.

“The ministry has ordered the developer to continue with slope-strengthening works. The work is due for completion in February,” he told a press conference here yesterday.

The project in Damansara Heights, Kuala Lumpur, involves the construction of five-storey luxury bungalows, priced from RM10mil to RM15mil each on 2.3ha of land.

The number of units was scaled down from 25 to 21 following strong protests from Medan Damansara residents living adjacent to the site. Stop-work orders were also issued to the developer for flouting safety laws.

Zulhasnan declined to comment when asked if the slope gradient for the project was deemed within the unsafe zone.

The service apartment block in Bukit Ceylon, Kuala Lumpur, is one of two other high-risk hillside development projects identified by the ministry. The other is the Bukit Gasing bungalow scheme bordering Selangor.

Meanwhile, KL City Hall has deferred any decision on the Bukit Gasing bungalow project due to a lawsuit filed by residents.

By The Star

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