Failed Desa Water Park to be site for new affordable homes project

An attendee having look at a model of one of the three Rumawip apartment projects launched during the event.

THREE thousand Federal Territories Affordable Housing scheme (Rumawip) units will be built at the former Desa Water Park in Taman Danau Desa, Jalan Kelang Lama in Kuala Lumpur.

The 16.99ha land, previously occupied by a theme park and restaurant, has been sold to developers Aset Kayamas Sdn Bhd for RM500mil.

Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said a mixed development project comprising Rumawip units, commercial and residential projects would breathe new life into the area.

“The water park was not sustainable and the operators complained that they had lost money over the past few years to keep the place running.

“We have taken back the land and the operators have been compensated,” he said during the launch of three Rumawip projects at the former Desa Water Park.

Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL), back then, had leased the land to Berjaya Corp.

Tengku Adnan (standing, fifth from left) and Chai (standing, fourth from left) with several lucky applicants of Rumawip units. — Photos: RICKY LAI/The Star
Tengku Adnan (standing, fifth from left) and Chai (standing, fourth from left) with several lucky applicants of Rumawip units. —Photos: RICKY LAI/The Star

“As part of the sale condition, we insisted that 3,000 Rumawip units be built here.

“But, we are negotiating for an additional 2,000 units to be constructed.

“There will, of course, be other commercial development but this has not been finalised by the developers,” he said.

The 850 sq ft Rumawip units will cost not more than RM230,000.

Tengku Adnan also launched three projects simultaneously - Residensi Desamas in Taman Desa, , Residensi Wangsamas that will be built in Wangsa Maju and Residensi Jalilmas in Bukit Jalil.

The 900sq ft units at Desamas will cost RM300,000 while units at the other two locations will cost RM198,000 for an 800sq ft unit.

“Since 2013 until November this year, we have achieved a total of 50,455 Rumawip units or 63% of our overall target of 80,000 units by 2020,” he added.

He said 26 projects had been offered to citizens, from 2013 to 2016, since the Rumawip programme was implemented.

“Some units have already been sold and there are still some in the screening application or sales phase,” Tengku Adnan said.

Also present at the event were Setiawangsa MP Datuk Ahmad Fauzi Zahari, Federal Territories Ministry secretary-general Datuk Seri Adnan Md Ikhsan, Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) executive director (planning) Datuk Mohd Najib Mohd and Aset Kayamas chairman Tan Sri Chai Kin Kong.

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