DEVELOPMENT Orders (DO) that are being issued to new high-rise developments in Kuala Lumpur will include the temporary hostel guidelines to ensure a safer and better environment for construction workers.
The guidelines, launched by Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) at its headquarters in Jalan Raja Laut, Kuala Lumpur, will be implemented in stages for ongoing construction projects while newly approved projects must adhere fully to the guidelines.
Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Nor Hisham Ahmad Dahlan said mega projects like the Exchange 106, PNB 188 and the one at Bukit Bintang City Centre could improve their existing hostels for construction workers in stages.
“However, we will include the guidelines as criteria to be followed strictly in DOs that are issued for new projects.
“Developers who do not follow the guidelines will be given a stop-work order, ” he said.
According to the guidelines, the temporary hostels are restricted from the ground floor to the third floor of the high-rise buildings and can only be built after the sixth floor is completed.
They will be located on floors that are meant for the podium or multistorey carpark where residential units will not be affected.
The guidelines formulated by the Innovative and Creative Group (KIK), under DBKL’s Building Control Unit, also include separated areas for kitchen, bedroom, dining and toilets.
For the occupants’ safety, materials used for the hostel must withstand heat and flames for more than one hour in case of a fire.
Nor Hisham said the guidelines focused on the safety and sanitation of the living quarters for construction workers.
“The rumah kongsi used by workers at construction sites has contributed to hygiene and social issues.
“With regulated condition, we can keep the problems in check while developers can ensure a more organised and systematic accommodation for their workers, ” he added.
Also present at the launch were Building Control Unit director Norizan Sulaiman and senior deputy director Ismawijiya Zah Mohamed Jais.
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