Mohd Hatim (third from left) and other TTDI residents with their objection letters to protest against the project.
MANY Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI) residents are against a proposed high-rise project located on a triangular shaped 0.4ha piece of land in their neighbourhood.
A Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) noticeboard displayed at the site recently stated that the proposed project comprised a 26-storey serviced apartment block with 185 units and a six-storey podium car park.
TTDI Residents Association chairman Mohd Hatim Abdullah said the site, sandwiched between two petrol stations, shoplots and houses, was already congested on weekdays with many people double parking due to the lack of parking space.
“The site houses a bus depot that has been left vacant for more than 10 years,” he said.
“A high-rise building will stick out like a sore thumb. Any development on this land should not be more than five storeys high.
“Traffic congestion is already bad and DBKL should not approve such high-density projects as it will only make the situation worse,” said Mohd Hatim.
“Perhaps a sports complex with facilities like swimming pool, futsal court and badminton court would be a better idea. The residents will support such a project.”
Mohd Hatim also questioned DBKL’s objection gathering method, saying that it was not effective and may not represent the views of all residents.
“The notice was advertised in several newspapers from Feb 4 to 6, but many residents might have missed it because they do not read those newspapers.
“The two noticeboards placed at the site can be easily missed.
“My suggestion is for DBKL to engage with residents directly through the RA to obtain feedback,” he said at the makeshift booth set up to collect residents’ feedback outside the proposed project site on Saturday.
“I have emailed residents on this issue and asked them to give their views. Today, I am helping residents complete the objection letters which I will submit before the deadline on Feb 19,” said Mohd Hatim, adding that he had also sent an objection letter to DBKL last year when rumours surfaced about the proposed project.
TTDI RA exco member Clinton Ang said he attended a briefing by the developer last year on the project but was not allowed to ask questions.
“The developer claimed they invited all property owners within a 200m radius from the project site but many residents said they were unaware of the briefing.
“Two of us attended the briefing on behalf of the RA as observers only,” he said.
Resident Philomina Thuraisingam is concerned whether there will be enough parking space inside the apartment.
“Many of the owners and their guests will probably have to park by the roadside if there is insufficient space.
“How will the existing roads cope?’’ she asked.
Another resident, who did not want to be named, was concerned about possible damage to surrounding infrastructure and buildings during construction.