Upset over work on TTDI field


  • Metro News
  • Friday, 31 Jul 2020

The metal poles placed on the field in Taman Awam Bukit Kiara. — LOW LAY PHON/The Star

Taman Tun Dr Ismail Residents Association (TTDIRA) wants construction at Taman Awam Bukit Kiara to stop as a legal dispute involving the park remains unresolved.

The residents are contesting the legality of a development order issued by Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) approving the development of a high-rise project on a 3.24ha site at the park previously known as Taman Rimba Kiara, and are awaiting a decision by the Court of Appeal.

TTDIRA chairman Abdul Hafiz Abu Bakar said he would lodge a police report over the erection of metal poles in Taman Awam Bukit Kiara.

“Residents are furious about the 20 metal poles that have been installed on the football field in the park.

“This is an ongoing case and they must respect the court process, ” he said in a press conference at the park in TTDI.

TTDI residents discovered the metal poles secured with concrete on Wednesday and several holes were being dug in other parts of the park, which the residents suspected were to fit more poles.

Construction materials have also been placed in the park.

Segambut MP Hannah Yeoh, who called for the press conference, said she received videos from park-goers showing that construction work was ongoing.

“Residents said workers were putting up a boundary in the park.

“We then checked with DBKL but its officers seemed to be in the dark.

“This happened after Federal Territory Foundation (YWP) previously promised not to encroach on the park, ” she said.

YWP owns the land near Taman Awam Bukit Kiara.

On July 29, DBKL issued a statement on the renaming of Taman Rimba Kiara to Taman Awam Bukit Kiara to avoid confusion as there was another park in TTDI with a similar name.

The move angered residents in the area.

Lembah Pantai MP Fahmi Fadzil asked for an explanation from the Federal Territories Ministry on both the renaming of the park and the construction work on the site.

“The authorities should get feedback from residents on the renaming of the park as they have known it as Taman Rimba Kiara for years.

“We will set a date to meet with Federal Territories Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa, ” said Fahmi.

YWP chief executive Zaizalnizam Zainun, in a statement, said work at the park was being carried out by DBKL.

“It is in the process of setting up the boundary to facilitate landscaping and upgrading works, ” he said.

Zaizalnizam said the foundation had ensured that the boundary set between the land it owned and Taman Awam Bukit Kiara was made in accordance with the “Endorsed Survey Plan” by a certified surveyor.

“No construction work will begin before a decision is made by the Court of Appeal.

“YWP will only beautify the landscaping of the park, ” he added.

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