THE football field project on Kuala Lumpur City Hall’s (DBKL) former sports club land in Jalan Tun Sambanthan 1, Brickfields is still in the pipeline.
Mayor Datuk Seri Mahadi Che Ngah said DBKL was currently preparing the offer letter and would put out advertisements inviting tenders for the project in October.
StarMetro had recently reported residents’ concerns that the project would not happen after they spotted machinery at the site.
The area was completely tarred and there was talk that DBKL was planning to build a carpark in the area.
However, Mahadi assured residents that the football field project would continue.
“We will build the football field as promised. The field will have other facilities like carparks, futsal court, and a multipurpose court, ’’ he said.
Mahadi added that the appointment (of a contractor) to build the proposed field and other facilities was expected to start in January next year.
Last year, he approved plans to build a football field on the former sports club land for the community.
The old football field, he had said, would be restored and equipped with basic facilities, such as toilets with changing rooms and a carpark, during the interim period.
The field will have cow grass like the one in Dataran Merdeka and it will be equipped with floodlights to allow for games at night.
The mayor had also expressed concern over public safety when he heard that Cruyff Court nearby was being used to play football.
In 2016, DBKL announced the temporary closure of Cruyff Court to upgrade existing sports facilities.
The DBKL sports club and its football field were demolished on April 18,2017 to make way for a new building costing RM50mil.
In June 2018, the project was cancelled by then Kuala Lumpur mayor Tan Sri Mohd Amin Nordin to cut DBKL’s expenditure.
Brickfields has lost at least six football fields and green areas in the past 20 years to development.