Sparing no effort to house city folk

Shahidan (fourth from right) taking part in the ground-breaking ceremony for the council home project in Jalan Siakap, Bandar Tun Razak. He is flanked by Sulaiman (on Shahidan’s right) and Nathaniel. — AZMAN GHANI/The Star

MORE than RM1bil to build council homes for the medium-income group in the city has been allocated by Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL).

These housing projects will be in Sungai Udang in Segambut, Bandar Tun Razak, Bandar Baru Sentul and Taman Desa Seputeh.

Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Dr Shahidan Kassim said these developments would comprise some 3,600 high-rise units.

“These units are not for sale but will be rented out to qualified applicants for between three and five years.

“The rental has yet to be determined but will be set at below market price or at least half of the amount.

“This is to give renters time to save up money to buy a new home,” he said during a ground-breaking ceremony for a council home project in Jalan Siakap, Bandar Tun Razak.

The project comprises two 25-storey blocks offering 700 units measuring 760sq ft each.

“Each unit has three bedrooms and two bathrooms. Wet and dry markets will be set up inside the buildings.

“Other facilities are a children’s playground, sports courts, management office and multipurpose hall,” said Shahidan.

He said Umech Construction Sdn Bhd was the contractor appointed for the project. He, however, did not give the completion date.

DBKL, he said, also planned for two more home projects in Bandar Sri Permaisuri and Sungai Besi.

“We hope these projects will help alleviate the affordable housing issue in the city, especially for the M40 group.

“They are also to provide temporary shelter for city folk whose dwellings are taken over by the government for redevelopment,” he added.

On Sept 14, Shahidan announced plans to spruce up two low-cost flat schemes, namely Flat Seri Perlis 2 in Kampung Datuk Keramat and Flat Sri Langkawi 1 in Setapak. This is part of DBKL’s urban renewal initiative to upgrade or redevelop 30 low-cost housing schemes in the city and their surrounding amenities.

Also at the launch of the Jalan Siakap project were DBKL executive director (Planning) Datuk Sulaiman Mohamed, SWCorp chairman Datuk Rizalman Mokhtar and Umech Construction Sdn Bhd executive director Nathaniel Raj.

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