Forfeiture of slope lots to cost MBPJ millions

TAKING over slope lots on Bukit Gasing and maintaining them will cost the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) RM60mil.

Petaling Jaya mayor Datin Paduka Alinah Ahmad said forfeiture should be avoided as the cost to taxpayers would be too high.

“I am trying to avoid this as forfeiture would cost the government that amount. Another way is for us to undertake repair works and charge the errant lot owners for the cost,” she said yesterday during the final fullboard council meeting for the year.

It had been suggested that the state reclaim private land on slopes to ensure the safety of residents and to prevent landslides.

On other matters, Alinah said the project on the Jalan Utara-Jalan Timur-Jalan Sultan-Jalan Barat one-way traffic flow would proceed in January.

“Plans for the final alignment and the project’s costing have been done, so the tender documents will be sold on Jan 1,” she said.

The project is worth approximately RM26mil.

Asked about the privately-funded 14.9km Kinrara Damansara (Kidex) Skyway project, Alinah said it would be coordinated with MBPJ’s one-way traffic flow.

MBPJ would also be coordinating with other authorities on numerous projects, including the PJ-North sewage treatment project by Mangkubumi Sdn Bhd.

“Kidex will be following our alignment, which we have shown them,” said Alinah.

It is learnt that the initial plan for the one-way loop will now include seven traffic lights to allow for the inclusion of bicycle and pedestrian pathways, while the bus terminal at Asia Jaya will remain.

“We have discussed the matter with the Land Public Transport Commission and there will be two park-and-ride facilities there as well,” said Alinah.

Kidex was also raised during the fullboard meeting by councillor Lee Suet Sen, who suggested that MBPJ coordinate with the concessionaires to hold public hearings.

“We should follow up with Kidex as soon as possible, even without councillors,” said Lee, referring to the councillors’ term of service that ends on Dec 31.

Several councillors expressed their gratitude for the chance to serve.

MBPJ councillor Terrence Tan said he had informed the DAP state leadership that he was not seeking reappointment.

It was reported that there was a delay in the appointment of councillors due to disagreements between PKR and PAS.

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