Residents want courts to review high-density project

A detailed look: Taman Salak Selatan and Taman Naga Emas residents studying the plan for the project.

RESIDENTS of Taman Salak Selatan and Taman Naga Emas plan to obtain a judicial review of a proposed high-density development project in the area.

Taman Salak Selatan Residents’ Association vice-president L.Y. Tan said residents were disappointed that their concerns expressed on the project were falling on deaf ears.

“Despite several meetings with DBKL last year, we were shocked to observe surveyors working at the site recently.

“We had our first and second objection hearing in April and November of last year. After the second hearing with Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Seri Ahmad Phesal Talib, DBKL informed us that an official reply with their solutions and updates on the project would be sent within two weeks.

“However, after three months, we have yet to receive anything. Our calls and emails have all gone unanswered,” he said.

A notice placed at Lot 14996, Jalan Sinar, Taman Naga Emas indicated a project comprising two 16-storey blocks with 512 units.

It stated that with the proposed project, the residential density of the area would be increased from 60 persons per 0.4ha to 512 persons per 0.4ha.

Tan said the sharp increase in the density of the population in Taman Salak Selatan and Taman Naga Emas would put a strain on its limited infrastructure.

“The project is sure to put a burden on the existing 50-year-old traffic infrastructure in the neighbourhood, once the high-rise building comes in.

“The main road that about 5,000 households use daily is less than 20 ft wide and always congested.

“The residential roads that wind through the rest of the neighbourhood can barely fit two cars, with some being as narrow as 10 ft across.

“How can these existing infrastructure support an addition of at least 1,000 vehicles,” he said, adding that Jalan Perkasa, Jalan Sinar, Jalan Bendahara and Jalan Cahaya would be particularly affected.

Tan added that they were not aware of any Environmental Impact Assessment, Traffic Impact Assessment or Social Impact Assessment studies had been conducted.

Taman Salak Selatan RA secretary Y.Y. Wong said Ahmad Phesal had also reneged on his promise to visit the area.

“During the second hearing, he said he would turun padang to see and understand the situation here.

“We even gave several suggestions including building a new access road that would connect from the new development to the Besraya Highway. DBKL said they would take this into consideration,” she said.

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