PETALING JAYA: Pahang has frozen 11 of the 68 ongoing or planned projects in Cameron Highlands since Feb 6 as a result of indiscriminate land clearing.
Of the 11, nine were housing projects and one involved the RM144mill upgrading of the road from Ringlet to Tanah Rata. The other project is the Blue Valley tomato farm that was frozen sinceFeb 5.
Among the housing projects affected wasthe mixed-development project over 12ha in Tanah Rata. The other housing projects were located in Tanah Rata, Ringlet and Kuala Terla.
Sources said the other projects were not affected as they did not involve land clearing or that the land clearing stage had been completed.
Another reason for the go-ahead for these project was that the developer and the buyers would otherwise incur losses.
Among the housing projects allowed to carry on is the Puncak Arabella project in Tanah Rata, which is being developed by the Cameron Highlands District Council, at the famous Robinson Falls.
It consists of 342 units of apartments and nine bungalow units.
Sources said the project had seen a few landslips previously. It was allowed to continue as land clearance had been completed while work was needed to stabilise the slopes to prevent further landslips.
Other projects also allowed to go ahead because no land clearing was involved are a 7.7ha housing development and a two-block hotel project, both in Tanah Rata.
Cameron Highlands district officer Haron Abdul Kader told reporters that projects that were not frozen included projects like water supply, electric supply, roads, and building of hospitals.
He said exemptions were also given for slope and erosion mitigation measures for projects already approved.
Technically even farmers who want to clear their land would have to apply for permits of exemption, said Haron.
He said that they had applied for modern equipment that used new technology like Global Positioning System to monitor land clearing here as it would enable them to have a more accurate picture compared to the current manual techniques.
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