MARINE Department officer M. Krishnan was smiling from ear to ear when he received a mock key to his first home at the Dua Residensi affordable home project by Penang Development Corporation (PDC) in Teluk Kumbar, Penang.
“I am currently staying at the government quarters in Gelugor.
“The new home is ready just in time as I will be retiring at the end of this year.
“My wife, two children and I look forward to moving in. The environment is nice, ” said Krishnan, 59.
Single mother Salasiah Hitam, 56, is happy that her family will have their own roof over their heads.
“We used to live in a kampung house nearby, ” the factory worker said.
Krishnan and Salasiah were among 16 home buyers present at a key handover ceremony on Saturday.
PDC chief executive officer Datuk Mohd Bazid Abd Kahar said 56% of the 694 units were already taken up.
“The units are ready and the buyers can move in now.
“The project is an affordable housing scheme with nice views and good quality construction, ” he said.
Project manager Zulkefli Shamsudin said the project was initiated in July 2014 and buyers were allowed to move in starting last month.
“It is a mixed-development project which consists of both residential and commercial units.
“There are two residential blocks offering 346 low-cost and 348 affordable units plus seven commercial units.
“As the project is built on a Class 3 (25 to 35 degrees) slope, many geotechnical reports had to be done.
“We fulfilled all requirements set by the Environment and Water Ministry before we got the approval to start building.
“Before we started building, we had to dig holes as deep as 30m, which is equivalent to 12 storeys high.
“Our workers had to go down the holes and I’m thankful that no accidents occurred, ” he said.
He added that they received 66 marks for QLASSIC (Quality Assessment in Construction) from the Construction Industry Development Board.
Resident engineer Syahrul Izwan Ayob said the holes were part of the Caisson piling method, which involves the manual excavation of soil until a predetermined depth for the building’s foundation.
“We had to manually excavate so that the walls of the shafts could be supported by a concrete lining, ” he explained.
Syahrul Izwan also said the project site was filled with boulders and rocks.
“We had to seek approval from authorities to blast them and there was a lot of ground work during the first two years.
“The ground structure was completed in 2016 and we started building only in 2017.
“Even though this project is an affordable housing one, we did not compromise on quality and safety, ” he said.
Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow, who took part in the key handover ceremony, lauded PDC for working with the state to realise people’s dreams of owning homes in a safe environment while maintaining the greenery in the area.
“PDC and the state have embarked on several affordable housing schemes since 2013.
“Some schemes have been completed and some are in the building phase.
“The Dua Residensi project features 694 units with full facilities and infrastructure.
“The scheme is near Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah Bridge and Penang International Airport, ” he said.
Present at the handover ceremony were state housing committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo, state trade and industry and entrepreneurial development committee chairman Datuk Abdul Halim Hussain and Bayan Lepas assemblyman Azrul Mahathir Aziz.
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