Objecting to change in land use at TTDI

DBKL plans to change the land use of a plot in Jalan Abang Haji Openg. — Photos: LOW LAY PHON/The Star

TAMAN Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI) residents are opposing a proposal to change the use of a plot of land in their area from institutional to commercial and increase the plot ratio.

They fear their quality of life will change with increased population and traffic.

TTDI Residents Association (TTDIRA) is submitting their objection to the proposed change in land use for the plot along Jalan Abang Haji Openg to Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) today.

The third draft amendment of Kuala Lumpur City Plan 2020 states that the specified lot has been proposed to be changed from institutional land use to commercial and the plot ratio increased from 1:2 to 1:3.

TTDIRA chairman Abdul Hafiz Abu Bakar said the association opposed the proposal as Jalan Abang Haji Openg was originally planned as a low-density residential area.

“If this change is allowed, the residents’ quality of life and TTDI at large will eventually deteriorate.

“It will also drastically affect the traffic flow along the road, ” he said during a signature campaign they initiated at the bus stop of SK TTDI 2 to petition against the proposal.

The RA has collected over 1,000 signatures from nearby residents within 1km radius of the said land for the petition.

Hafiz also said TTDIRA had previously opposed the change of land use in a meeting chaired by Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Nor Hisham Ahmad Dahlan with the landowner and developer last year.

“The proposal was rejected by DBKL because the local plan clearly stated that the land was meant for institutional use and not for commercial.

TTDIRA members collecting signatures for a petition.TTDIRA members collecting signatures for a petition.

“Yet, the same issue has come to haunt us again, ” said Hafiz.

All residents wanted DBKL to do was to follow the local plan, he said.

He pointed out that the gazetted zoning and planning in the city plan superseded the land title in any condition.

“If the local authority does not agree with the land usage, they can shelve any conversion of land usage.

“They should be responsible to the public and not change the land usage, ” he reiterated.

According to him, TTDI At-Taqwa Mosque, Bakti TTDI and Wisma WIM (Women’s Institute of Management) also supported the RA’s cause and would submit their objections.

Resident Chan Teik Lian, 80, who lives directly opposite the plot in question, said he had been growing vegetables on the land for over 20 years.

“I got permission from the landowner to plant and they were happy that I kept the place clean, ” he said, fearing a new commercial building, such as offices or serviced apartments, would be built there.

“There are a lot of cars on regular days right now.

“The road cannot cope with an increase in population, ” he said.

Segambut MP Hannah Yeoh, who was present during the signature campaign, said if DBKL allowed this, other institutional landowners in the area would follow suit.

“This area is supposed to be a low-density area and allowing that would change the nature of this neighbourhood.

“Jalan Abang Haji Openg, the access road to Taman Persekutuan and SK TTDI 2 cannot take another condominium, ” she said.

Yeoh added that the land office and DBKL should have some coordination when it came to KL Local Plan 2020.

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