Bangsar folk worry over building project


ANXIETY is brewing among homeowners in Jalan Abdullah, Bangsar in Kuala Lumpur, over plans for a 34-storey apartment development.

They worry that the project will impact the structure of their homes and that the existing road is insufficient to cater to the traffic volume.

Residents also raised concerns over the possible presence of a natural underground waterway, which they said could affect the soil structure.

Their spokesperson Ksharmini Thanigasalam said several residents complained that muddy water entered their homes during a downpour.

"Recently there is also water coming out from a damaged spot at the adjacent street, Lengkok Abdullah.

"The authorities must find the source of the water," she said during a press conference Friday afternoon (April 29).

Lembah Pantai MP Fahmi Fadzil, who was present at the media conference, said he had sent a letter to Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) seeking a meeting about the matter.

"They should halt the project until a proper engagement session with residents is held," he added.

When contacted, the project's developer Bangsar Rising Sdn Bhd senior manager Patrick Lim said a meeting was held last December between residents and DBKL to discuss the matter.

"DBKL had imposed an additional requirement for an independent expert to be appointed to study the site.

"The study did not find any sources of underground water.

"Residents were informed about this during a session involving the Mineral and Geoscience Department," he said.

On concerns about the presence of muddy water in the area, Lim refuted claims that the stream originated from the project site.

"We have not started construction work.

"Right now, we are only moving machinery and equipment into the site for some preliminary works," he said.

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