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Friday, April 27, 2012

Developer wants to clear the air regarding Bukit Gasing project

Green ambience: Tan displaying the development comprising 70 bungalows near Gasing Hill.

The development in Bukit Gasing, Kuala Lumpur, is being carried out on privately-owned land and not on forest reserve, said Gasing Meridien Sdn Bhd executive director Leo Tan.

Tan said the development had nothing to do with the Bukit Gasing forest reserve in Petaling Jaya or Kuala Lumpur.

He said there were too many inaccurate statements made by certain people.

“I would like to reiterate that our land is privately-owned since the late 1970s. It is located at the southern tip of the Kuala Lumpur side and has never been for recreational or open space.

“We acquired the freehold land in 1994 and have not touched anything that is gazetted as forest reserve.

“We are also all out for protecting the forest reserve but our land is private. We have been having trouble communicating with the people due to inaccurate statements.

“Right now we are building an access road, sewerage system and laying pipes and cables for water and electricity supply.

“We also deserve a fair representation from the media because all the rules, regulations, terms and conditions pertaining to the development have been followed accordingly.

“It presents a difficult situation for us when we have to explain to our buyers that the land is not on forest reserve.

“We have to put in extra effort in getting the right message across to the people and showing that we have complied to all the requirements for the hillside development. Only 3% of the land is unsuitable for development.

“Our development which will be completed by 2015, aims to protect most of the trees on the land,” he said.

He added that people were entitled to their own opinion but it had to be based on facts.

The development, Sanctuary Ridge, comprises 69 bungalows on a 15.4ha site off Jalan 2/132, south of Gasing Hill.

It has been reported the residents had applied for a judicial review in the High Court in 2008 challenging the Kuala Lumpur City Hall’s (DBKL) approval for the development.

The High Court had made its decision on Sept 6, 2010 and the residents were denied the right to be heard.

The residents appealed against the decision in the Court of Appeal on March 6 without success.

Kuala Lumpur mayor Tan Sri Ahmad Fuad Ismail had said even before the inception of Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, the land had already been zoned for housing by the Selangor town and country planning department.

Fuad also said DBKL had 52.6ha of green lung to be gazetted near the area.

Gasing Meridian is a member of the same development group that built Gasing Heights Condominiums in Bukit Gasing. The six high-rise towers — Fraser Towers, Maxwell Towers and Cameron Towers are well-known landmarks.

By The Star

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