Housing project ‘unsafe for pupils’

The project site and the school share a two-lane road that is often congested.

ANOTHER Rumah Selangorku project in Subang Bestari has residents up in arms because of its unsuitable location.

It is the second project in the neighbourhood located less than 30m away from a primary school on a 0.8ha land that shares the same two-lane road as SK Subang Bestari along Jalan Nova U5/81.

Subang Bestari Preservation Action Committee chairman Abdul Razak Mohammad said because the project was directly in front of the school, they were worried for the safety of the pupils once construction starts.

“The entire road is often congested with school vans transporting schoolchildren and pedestrians.

“It is a disaster waiting to happen if heavy construction vehicles ply the same route,” he said, adding there were activities taking place at the school on weekends too.

He said because of the new apartment project, more cars were being parked by the side of the road.

There are no signboards to show that the project is taking place but residents spotted a call for tender by the developer consisting of three blocks of three-storey villa apartments, electrical substation, rubbish collection point, a guard post, management office and gazebo.

The committee’s secretary-general Amiruddin M. Dunia said it was unfair that the residents were not consulted about the Rumah Selangorku project.

He said they should be consulted on the project’s feasibility, especially since it involved the safety of the children.

“They are trying to push the project through because it is part of a 25-year-old master plan.

“Even the Traffic Impact Assessment (TIA) is no longer valid as it was done 16 years ago,” added Amiruddin.

He said the committee requested for the TIA findings to be released to them, but their request was not entertained by Shah Alam City Council (MBSA).

The committee’s secretariat member Najdi Naiimi, meanwhile, urged the developers to look at other locations a few kilometres away as it was more feasible to build homes there.

The other project in the area is also a Rumah Selangorku development comprising a 16-storey apartment block next to the Subang Bestari neighbourhood along Jalan Nova U5/86A.

Residents claimed the existing roads, including Persiaran Cakerawala, were not wide enough to accommodate the increasing traffic.

They held a protest in front of SK Subang Bestari against the new development.

The committee said they voiced their concerns to MBSA, Kota Damansara assemblyman Shatiri Mansor and the Housing and Local Government Ministry.

Abdul Razak said the ministry’s proposal to build one million affordable homes by 2028 should be properly planned.

Shatiri said he was in the process of speaking to the affected parties concerning the development.

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