Bandar Parklands folk up in arms over high-density project

Bandar Parklands residents looking at the site for a proposed high-rise project in Klang. — AZLINA ABDULLAH/The Star

SIX residents associations (RA) of Bandar Parklands in Klang, Selangor are unhappy over a plan to build five blocks of high-rise serviced apartments with an eight-level podium in the area.

They carried out a peaceful protest outside the site of a proposed development off Jalan Persiaran Delima 2 in Bandar Parklands.

One huge objection banner has been strung up close to the entrance of the 5.97ha triangle- shaped plot that is sandwiched between Jalan Jed 4 and Jalan Persiaran Delima 2.

According to some residents, the protest was aimed at “awakening” the planning department of Klang Municipal Council (MPK) and councillors in charge of the area, urging them not to approve such a project.

Photos of the banner have also been shared on social media to galvanise support to have the high-rise development scrapped.

Bandar Parklands RA Precinct 3A chairman Kuldip Singh, who is also the ad-hoc committee chairman coordinating the protest, said a majority of the residents in Bandar Parklands had voiced out against the mega high-rise project.

“Owners of houses across the site were given survey forms by a private firm on Jan 2 that detailed the components of the development.

“Most of the residents have said no to the project,” he added.

Kuldip said the residents were not against developers or landowners developing their land but the project to build 35-storey buildings containing 2,160 apartments was not suitable.

“Our residents want MPK’s councillors who live in the area to take this issue seriously and speak for the people and betterment of the environment,” he said.

Bandar Parklands Precinct 3 chairman Ken Chew, 46, was worried that the high-density project would contribute to traffic congestion while Bandar Parklands Lorong Delima 13A Precinct coordinator Kan Kim Seng, 68, said the entire community would benefit from a lower plot ratio.

Bandar Parklands Lorong Delima 59A resident, T. Selvarajah, 65, said developing the land would be a grave mistake in light of frequent flash floods in the area.

“During continuous rain on Dec 17 and 18 last year, drains and retention ponds here were overwhelmed,” he said.

Bandar Parklands Jalan Delima 14A RA coordinator K. Rajoo agreed, saying the development in the area consisting largely of single-family homes was too big for the local infrastructure to handle.

In response, MPK corporate communications director Norfiza Mahfiz said the council’s planning department had not received any submission plans for development on the parcel of land at Persiaran Delima 2.

“The council requires a social impact study to be carried out if plans are submitted.

“MPK will also take the people’s feedback into account,” she added.

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