KUALA Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) has requested a developer to build a new access road in the area near its housing project in Taman Gembira.
737 Kheng Seng Holdings Sdn Bhd managing director Datuk Yeoh Guan Seng said, “DBKL told us the new road was necessary after the construction of Residensi Gembira 737 in Kuchai Lama.”
Residensi Gembira 737 is an affordable housing scheme under the Federal Territories Affordable Housing (Rumawip) programme.
According to Yeoh, the construction of the road was not included in the contract, but once the Rumawip project was completed, DBKL said another road was needed to get in and out of the area.
Yeoh said the company bore the full cost of the road’s construction.
He said the Federal Territories Land and Mines Office gave approval for the land to be solely used as the main access road.
“DBKL instructed us to replant some of the trees after construction is completed and to maintain the area, ” he added.
Residents near Jalan Selesa 12 in Taman Gembira hope that a small plot of empty land, which used to have greenery, will be spared by development.
They hope DBKL will consider their appeal to stop the construction of the road out of safety concerns.
Those living in Continental Heights Condominium and Taman Gembira said foliage in the area had been flattened.
Continental Heights Residents Association member Yeo Heng Foo said he was worried about the structural stability of the condominium due to the proximity of the project to his property.
“Earlier, when the housing project was being constructed, they built a wall surrounding the area, but it was damaged during construction, ” Yeo said, adding that they were living in fear of soil erosion and landslides.
Apart from safety concerns, residents said they experienced traffic congestion on Jalan Rukun 6, Jalan Selesa and Jalan Rukun 10 as well as poor road conditions.
“Some roads were tarred while others were not, ” described another resident who wished to be known only as Wong.
Wong said the inner roads around the neighbourhood were riddled with potholes and damaged from heavy traffic in the area.
The residents also submitted a petition signed by a few hundred residents to DBKL highlighting their concerns about the road project.
On the matter of Jalan Selesa 12 being converted into a one-way street, Yeoh said they proceeded with the project after getting approval from DBKL and the residents.
“But when we started work, another group came forward to protest against the change, ” he said. Meanwhile, a DBKL spokesperson said Residensi Gembira 737 was aimed at helping middle-income earners purchase their first home.
“Any request to stop the construction of the road is a decision that needs to be made at DBKL’s one-stop centre, ” said the local authority’s spokesperson.
Residensi Gembira 737 has 638 units priced at RM300,000, about 30% lower than similar residences in the area.
Units are 850sq ft with three bedrooms, two bathrooms and various amenities except a swimming pool.
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