Negri MB: Provide buses for workers

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  • Friday, 17 Jul 2015

SEREMBAN: Developers in Negri Sembilan will be required to provide shuttle bus service within their project areas under the state government’s revised housing policy, said Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan.

He said the condition would apply for projects larger than 40ha, and would be part of the developer’s corporate social responsibility.

“Developers make profits and they should give something back to society,” he said, adding that the authorities could not be expected to provide such amenities all the time.

Mohamad said it would be up to the developers if they wished to charge a fee for the service.

“We just want them to pick the passengers up and send them to the main roads or the nearest bus or train station.

“From there, the stage buses can pick them up and take them to places such as the bus or train terminal, market, post office, government offices and town centre,” he said, adding that one major developer had bought several buses to offer shuttle services soon.

On the revamping of the stage bus industry in the state, he said 71 more stage buses would soon be on the roads in Negri Sembilan, though he did not commit to a specific date.

On a separate matter, Mohamad said developers would also be required to share the cost of building roads to link their projects.

He said it was not fair for them to begin a major project and expect the state to build connecting roads.

For example, he said, with the opening of the new Bandar Ainsdale interchange along the Kuala Lumpur-Seremban Express­way last week, several developers in the vicinity would be required to share the cost of building connecting roads to Seremban 2, Bandar Seri Sendayan and Bandar Enstek.

“I have told the Seremban Municipal Council to reject their applications for new projects if they don’t follow this,” he said.

Apart from the new housing policy, developers would also be required to provide affordable industrial land to help new entrepreneurs, Mohamad said.

The state government would monitor the sale of industrial land to ensure that only genuine buyers benefit, he added.

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