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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Bangsar residents want details on condo project

RESIDENTS of Bukit Bandaraya, Kuala Lumpur, are concerned over a proposal to develop a plot of land in Jalan Kapas.

The residents were called for a hearing with Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Ahmad Phesal Talib recently to give their views on the project.

Residents sighed with relief last year when the application, to develop a plot of land with an unstable slope in Lot 40441, in Jalan Kapas in Bukit Bandaraya, Bangsar, was rejected.

Now, the same problem has resurfaced with a fresh application for a bigger project that is being considered by the local authority.

Bukit Bandaraya Residents Association president Mumtaz Ali said if the proposal was given the go ahead, mitigating factors should be there to safeguard the surrounding residents.

“We want to know details of the project as it would affect the density, safety and security of residents in the area.

“We want to ensure that the proposed development complies with the regulations,” he said.

“We are not against development but this is a hillslope development, which is why we are concerned,” he added.

The residents were alerted about the proposed project after Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) put up an objection notice at the slope in question recently.

In the notice, the development application involves increasing the population density from 30 people per acre to 83 through the construction of two 14-storey condominium blocks with a total of 20 units with two levels of basement carpark.

The project is being developed through a joint venture agreement between the owners of the two lots, an individual and Goldhill Achiever Sdn Bhd, which is partially owned by PJX Property Sdn Bhd and is a subsidiary of SBC Corporation Bhd.

Last year, StarMetro highlighted the proposed development on Lot 40441, comprising a single 10- storey condominium block with nine units and four basement levels that would increase the area’s population density from 30 to 79 people per acre.

It was also reported that the slope had failed once in 1982 when a rubble wall collapsed while recent incidents included a landslip and water gushing out along the surface in March and May 2010 respectively.

Residents living near the plot of land and the local residents’ association are raising the same objections to the current proposed project as they did for the previous one.

Meanwhile, on the reversal in decision made by DBKL pertaining to conversion of residential premises for commercial use in the area, Ali said it would make matters worse if the premises were allowed to be converted for commercial use.

“If the premises are converted to commercial, parking will become even worse with more customers parking all over the place and in the neighbouring roads as what is happening now. So there is no justification with the indirect creeping in of commercial activities in the residential housing estate,” Ali said.

Ali added that the residents did not see the rationale in the argument put forward by parties who claim that there was a need to go commercial as DBKL had issued summonses for illegal parking when people came for prayers.

“In other words, does that mean when the residential premises have been converted for commercial use, one can go ahead and make illegal parking and summonses will not be issued?” he asked.

A group of residents who claimed that DBKL had allowed 20 houses near the Bangsar Shopping Complex (BSC) to be commercialised has caught residents in Bukit Bandaraya by surprise.

The residents want DBKL to explain why they were kept in the dark on the decision to go against their previous agreement made at the One-Stop Centre meeting recently.

By The Star

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