KAJANG: The nearly-completed Hulu Langat MCA building (pix) will be sacrificed to make way for the realignment of the Sungai Buloh-Kajang MRT line.
The original alignment would have taken the line through Jalan Besar in the town centre, causing 28 shoplots to be demolished.
The property owners as well as Kajang residents had protested against this move forcing the MRT Corp to consider the realignment.
"It was not an easy decision to make, but sacrifices need to be taken for the sake of development," said Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Donald Lim at a public briefing by MRT Corp here.
"I would like to thank the Hulu Langat MCA for willing to make this sacrifice. With this, 28 shoplots will not be demolished," said Lim, who is also Selangor MCA chairman.
Hulu Langat MCA chairman Lee Ban Seng said the building was 90% completed but construction stalled a few months ago after MRT Corp informed them the building had to go.
"The headquarters is currently housed at a rented shoplot in Section 10. We have yet to decide on a new location," he said.
Lim said the amount of compensation was still being discussed.
MRT Corp director of stakeholders and land Haris Fadzilah Hassan conducted the briefing yesterday, which was attended by MCA members and Kajang residents.
He said MRT Corp had considered an alternative alignment which would not affect the MCA building but this will affect a housing area and about 13 terrace houses.
Haris said the traffic impact during construction would be less with the realignment as it would avoid the town's main thoroughfare.
Kajang town will be serviced by three MRT stations, namely the Kajang, Bandar Kajang and Saujana Impian stations.
"Park and Ride" facilities will be available at the Kajang and Saujana Impian station, with a total of 1,700 parking bays serving both stations.
The Kajang station will share a location with the Kajang KTM Komuter station and passengers will be able to switch lines.
The Sungai Buloh-Kajang line, the first under the MRT project, is expected to be fully operational in 2017.