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Thursday May 27, 2010

New home for PKNS?

THE Selangor State Development Corporation (PKNS) plans to relocate its headquarters from Jalan Persiaran Barat in Petaling Jaya to a plot of land next to the Shah Alam Lake Garden.

PKNS informed the Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) that it has decided to construct a low-density building on a 1.86ha site of privately-owned land along Jalan Indah, facing the MRCB Tower and Plaza Alam Central.

PKNS assured the council that there would be minimal intervention to the environment with connection to the park maintained and enhanced.

The building would boast green features with green public spaces extended to the roof.

Big plans ahead: An aerial view of the proposed site for the new headquarters in Section 14, Shah Alam.

The lake garden, comprising West, East and Central Lakes, spans across a 49.78ha area.

A PKNS representative said the iconic new building would be lower than the Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah mosque.

Among others, there would be a fine dining restaurant at the site and a total of 580 parking bays.

While acknowledging that the concept was an excellent one, councillor Zulkefli Mohd Nani said it was morally wrong for PKNS to develop the plot of land.

“It breaks the green belt and would bring about pollution.

“PKNS has many other plots of land but there is only one well-maintained green lung here that is popular with people from Shah Alam as well as other areas,” he said.

A sign showing that the land belongs to PKNS.

Shah Alam mayor Datuk Mazalan Md Noor said the council would discuss the project that would cost about RM90mil.

“Everything is still in its preliminary stages, and PKNS has yet to submit its proposals to our One-Stop Centre committee,” he said.

He emphasised that the lake garden owned by the council would not be sacrificed for development.

“The proposed development is on private land,” he said.

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