THE Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI) residents who objected to a proposed development in Taman Rimba Kiara have not received an answer from Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor at press time to address the matter.
Its residents association said the minister agreed to meet the residents separately to discuss their problems after the conclusion of a town hall session called Bicara Rakyat @ TTDI on Nov 3.
TTDI Residents Association (TTDIRA) chairman Abdul Hafiz Abu Bakar said they sent an email to the ministry on Nov 6 to state their intention to meet Tengku Adnan but had yet to receive a reply.
Meanwhile, Save Taman Rimba Kiara Group coordinator Leon Koay said their lawyers were preparing for the hearing on the stay application to stop the proposed housing development in Taman Rimba Kiara on Nov 15 at the High Court.
TTDI residents filed a judicial review application seeking an order from the court to quash a conditional planning permission and a development order granted by Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) earlier this year.
The hearing was initially scheduled for Oct 12, but was postponed due to several parties submitting applications to intervene the judicial review prior to the hearing.
Koay said the Kuala Lumpur Structure Plan 2020 that was gazetted in 2004 clearly showed that Taman Rimba Kiara was a public space.
“The plan outlined the overall themes of the Kuala Lumpur land.
“If we look closely at the demarcation of the Tamn Rimba Kiara, the 10.1ha land, including the site of the proposed development, is named a ‘City Park’.
“There are also signage at the entrance to the park along Jalan Tun Mohd Fuad junction that suggest a carpark located at the proposed development site is part of the park,” he added.
The proposed housing development includes eight blocks of between 42 and 54-storey high-end serviced apartments, while another 29-storey block comprising 350 units of affordable housing would be allocated to the TTDI longhouse residents.
The development includes the construction of a six-lane highway and a flyover.
Koay also showed an alternative permanent housing design that could accommodate the 100 longhouse families without encroaching into an adjacent green space.
“The affordable construction cost approximately RM15mil, so a RM3bil project is unnecessary.
“There are more than 50 condominiums within a 3km radius and eight shopping malls within an 8km radius, but there is only one public area of this size,” he added.