RESIDENTS of Taman Sri Minang, Kajang are worried that an adjacent development will mar the beauty and tranquillity of their 27-year-old neighbourhood.
The residents claimed that they had no knowledge of the development until several weeks ago when a notification signboard was put up and the land was cleared.
The development, comprising 54 semi-detached units, is sited on a former secondary jungle, they said.
Businessman Raja Abdul Rahman said the residents were concerned that the development might cause congestion in their neighbourhood.
Worse still, they heard from sources that Jalan Minang would be turned into an access road for the new housing scheme.
“Even with the peace we are enjoying now, there have been about 10 car break-ins reported this year alone. I wonder what would happen if the road is turned into a major thoroughfare,” he said.
Businessman Ahmah Shah, said residents from other housing schemes would likely use Jalan Minang as a shortcut if the road was used as an access for the new development.
“The road can be a shortcut for Taman Kajang Mulia, Taman Saga and Taman Angkasa Indah, among others;our neighbourhood will be congested. The developer should put the access road elsewhere,” he said.
Another resident, a doctor who wanted to be known only as Lawrence, said it would not be fair for Taman Sri Minang residents if an inner road was turned into an arterial passage.
“Our neighbourhood is among the oldest in Kajang. Over the years, many developments have cropped up and these have really affected the quality of life of the pioneer batch of residents. We hope the situation will not deteriorate further,” he added.
Kajang Municipal Council corporate communications head Shariman Mohd Nor explained that the new development would not use any of the roads in Taman Minang as its access.
He said upon understanding the real situation, residents had given their consent to the plan, which was to use a road next to the housing estate and a small patch near a retention pond area that belonged to the state.
“Residents have given their written consent while the developer will make adjustment to the initial plan to address the residents’ concern.
“We will monitor the situation to ensure that the developer abides by the requirements,” he said.