RESIDENTS of Happy Garden, Kuchai Brem Park I and Kuchai Brem Park II in Kuala Lumpur are against the construction of a new access road in the area.
The Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) has planned for traffic to cut through Jalan Selesa 2 — a cul-de-sac in Happy Garden — to the Kuchai Entrepreneurs Park.
The narrow road caters to about 4,000 cars entering and exiting Happy Garden and surrounding condominiums. For 20 years, the heavily congested road has remained a dead end.
Some 50 residents gathered to protest against DBKL’s decision. The residents felt that connecting Jalan Selesa 2 and the access road would worsen traffic conditions.
Kuchai Brem Park Management Corporation 1 council chairman Lim Kah Pin said there would be a gridlock in the area caused by a higher number of vehicles using the road.
He said they were disappointed with DBKL for allowing the new road to be built despite informing the residents otherwise last year.
“We protested against the construction of the two blocks of 23-storey condominiums a year ago. During a hearing with DBKL officials and representatives of the developer, we were told no access road would pass through Jalan Selesa 2.
“Now we see they have changed their plans. We urge DBKL to issue a stop-work order because this will cause traffic congestion which is an inconvenience to the residents.
“It is really unfair as they never sought our consent,” Lim said, adding that some houses near the construction site were seen to have cracks.
Meanwhile, Seputeh MP Teresa Kok said she would arrange for a dialogue session for the residents with DBKL and the developer.
“I was informed by DBKL that the developer was required to build the access road for the residents of the new condominium.
“The new project has caused a lot of inconvenience to the people living in the area. I am surprised that DBKL approved so many high density condominiums in the area.
“DBKL has also been slow to respond whenever we want to organise a meeting or a dialogue session. I hope they can respond faster this time,” she said.