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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Shedding the kampung image

KUALA TERENGGANU: Another batch of affordable apartments will be made available to local folks affected by the ongoing facelift of Ladang, an area considered a niche property zone in the Kuala Terengganu City Centre (KTCC) re-development scheme.

Mentri Besar Datuk Ahmad Said said the 192 apartments would be built adjacent to the Gemilang apartments that were nearing completion.

Construction of the new apartments started recently and is expected to be completed in 18 months.

The new medium-low-cost apartments are more spacious than regular apartments that have three bedrooms and two bathrooms and cater to those with big families.

“We decided to make the units bigger as those who visited the show apartment of the first project complained that the units were cramped,” Ahmad told The Star.

The second project will consist of 16-storey blocks similar to Gemilang.

Ahmad said the state planned to set up day-care centres at both projects to help working parents.

The 1,000 residents living in the area’s 70-year-old village houses will be relocated in stages from April. Some will move to the Gemilang apartments.

Each unit costs RM50,000 but relocated residents have to fork out only RM12,000 as the state has pledged a grant of RM38,000 to each household involved in the relocation.

Ahmad said the subsidy was given in the hope that they would purchase the apartments.

“The state is concerned about the welfare of locals affected by the relocation,” he said.

Kuala Terengganu hopes to shed the kampung-town image through its re-development into a modern city.

By The Star

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