From mining land and estates to major townships

KLANG Valley’s southern corridor has grown tremendously – with the landscape going through dynamic changes – over the last decade.  

Back then Puchong and Seri Kembangan were considered the remote townships of the Klang Valley, while Putrajaya and Cyberjaya were unheard of. 

Previously known as an area with rubber estates, ex-mining land and oil palm plantations, the corridor now boasts of major townships with modern buildings and facilities, a planned administrative capital and a world-class airport. 

Ho Chin Soon Research Sdn Bhd property researcher Ho Chin Soon said the development in the southern corridor started off strongly when the KL International Airport (KLIA) project was announced. 

The planning of KLIA began in 1990 when the Government felt that the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport in Subang would not be able to handle future demand. 

“There was a lot of lobbying for the airport to be located in the north, near Tanjung Malim or in the south. The moment the decision was made for it to be located in the corridor, the focus was all there,” he told StarBiz

Ho said a lot of land in the southern corridor belonged to the Selangor Government.  

Between KLIA and Kuala Lumpur was a big piece of land, which was ideal for development – thus, Putrajaya and Cyberjaya were conceptualised. 

“When the Government felt that it needed a new administrative centre, it acquired land in Prang Besar (now Putrajaya). Later all the necessary infrastructure such as expressways, roads and the Express Rail Link (ERL) were put in place,” he said. 

On the rate of development in the southern corridor, Ho viewed Putrajaya as “coming up nicely”, while development in Cyberjaya was “rather slow”. 

Ho noted that in the next five to 10 years, development in the corridor would hinge on the progress of Cyberjaya and the proposed Canal City, to bring in the population. 

Ho estimates that there were some 20,000 acres of land still available for development in the southern corridor, especially in the Canal City, Bio Valley and the former site for an e-village in Cyberjaya and parts of Putrajaya. 

He added that there was also plantation land that could be converted into commercial development. 

“There are five million people in the Klang Valley now but we need to plan for a population of up to nine million.  

“If the population in the Klang Valley grows at a rate of 4.8% per annum, it would take another 15 to 20 years for the population there to reach nine million people,” Ho said. 

According to the Subang Jaya Municipal Council, the population in Seri Kembangan currently stood at 110,440, while the population in Puchong was about 165,000.  

For the district of Sepang, the population was 127,300 in 2004.  

The population of the southern corridor is also well served by a number of malls, hypermarkets and commercial centres. 

In Puchong, there is the IOI Mall and the residents also have a choice of visiting Sunway Pyramid and Subang Parade, located in Bandar Sunway and Subang Jaya respectively.  

Two hypermarkets – Giant and Tesco – are located in Puchong as well. 

For residents in Putrajaya and Cyberjaya, there are two malls, Alamanda Putrajaya and The Streetmall to serve their needs. 

A few hotels including Putrajaya Shangri-La Hotel, Concorde Inn KLIA, Cyberview Lodge Resort, Renaissance Palm Garden Hotel and Marriott Putrajaya have also been built in the southern corridor. 

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