BALIK PULAU: Over half of the 694 units at the Dua Residensi affordable home project by the Penang Development Corporation (PDC) in Teluk Kumbar have been sold, says PDC chief executive officer Datuk Mohd Bazid Abd Kahar (pic).
He said that 56% of the units had been taken up by potential buyers, adding that the units are ready and that the buyers can move in now.
“The project is an affordable housing scheme with nice views and quality construction, ” he told reporters during the key handing-over ceremony here on Saturday (Oct 10).
Also present at the event was project manager Zulkefli Shamsudin who said that the project began in July 2014 and that buyers were allowed to move in this September.
He said that Dua Residensi is a mixed residential and commercial development project.
“There are two residential blocks of 346 low-cost units, 348 affordable units and seven commercial units. As the project is built on a Class 3 slope that is more than 25-to 35 degrees, many geotechnical reports had to be done, ” said Zulkefli.
He added that all Environment Ministry requirements were fulfilled before building approval was granted.
Zulkefli then said that he is happy that the project was successfully completed in a safe manner.
“Before we start building, we have to dig holes as deep as 30 metres which is equivalent to 12 storeys high. Our workers have to go into the holes and I’m thankful that no accidents occured, ” he said.
On the construction, resident engineer Syahrul Izwan Ayob said the project site was filled with boulders and rocks before it was developed.
“We had to seek approval from the authorities to blast them, there was a lot of ground work during the first two years. The ground structure was completed in 2016 and we only started building in 2017, ” he said.
Syahrul added that they applied the caisson piling method which involves the manual excavation of soil up to a predetermined depth for the building’s foundation.
“We had to manually excavate so that the walls of the excavated shaft are supported by a concrete lining, ” he said.
Meanwhile, Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow praised the PDC for working together with the state government in several affordable housing schemes to realise the people’s dream of owning a house in a safe and clean environment while maintaining the greenery in the area.
“PDC and the Penang government have developed several affordable housing schemes since 2013 whereby some have been completed and some are still in the building phase, ” said Chow, who officiated the event.
“It is near to the Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah Bridge and the Penang International Airport, ” he said.
Also present were state housing committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo, state trade and industry entrepreneurial development committee chairman Datuk Abdul Halim Hussain and Bayan Lepas assemblyman Azrul Mahathir Aziz.
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