Mayor urged to stop project

By Dawn Chan

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Residents are concerned because the proposed development will increase the area’s population density by 15 times.

Residents are concerned because the proposed development will increase the area’s population density by 15 times.

KUALA LUMPUR: More than 900 residents have signed a petition objecting to the proposed development of apartments and luxury villas in Bukit Kerinchi/Bukit Gasing.

They urged mayor Datuk Seri Ahmad Fuad Ismail to reject the project which involves the construction of two blocks of 26-storey apartments and 18 units of two-and-a-half storey semi-detached luxury villas on Lot 51038-51061, Kampung Kerinchi, in Bukit Kerinchi.

The area borders the Pantai Hillpark and Pantai Panorama condominiums.

Yesterday, the Joint Action Committee of Pantai Hillpark 1, 2, 3, 5 Andalusia and Pantai Panorama Condominiums submitted a six-page memorandum and the signatures of 921 residents to Md Aznan Md Zain, the special assistant to Fuad.

The memorandum was handed over by committee representative Dr Teo Keng Huat and Bukit Gasing Joint Action Committee chairman Derek Fernandez.

Also present at the presentation of the memorandum, which took place at the City Hall headquarters, were Lembah Pantaimember of parliament Nurul Izzah Anwar, Batu MP Tian Chua and Datuk Zaid Ibrahim, who was there to lend moral support.

The proposed development by Amoda Sdn Bhd will increase the population density from 20 people to 331 people per 0.4ha.

The objection was supported by the state government, which owns the Petaling Jaya side of Bukit Gasing, and the Petaling Jaya City Council.

Dr Teo said residents in Pantai Hillpark and Pantai Panorama were only made aware of the proposed development when a notice of application was published in the newspapers on July 14.

"We immediately launched a signature campaign and had only 14-days to gather the names of 921 residents who objected to the proposal. Today (yesterday) was the last day to submit our objection.

"We are concerned about the effects on the green lung. The traffic here is already bad. It will be worse with the development.

"As it is, we only have one access road and there is no way additional roads heading towards Petaling Jaya or anywhere else can be built as it is a green lung.

"We hope Fuad will meet us to discuss this issue further and we want it to be at Pantai Panorama so that he will understand our grouses.

"We want the mayor to exercise his powers under Section 5(2) of the Planning (Development) Rules 1994 and reject the application as it is inappropriate," said Dr Teo, who has lived in the area since 1997.

To reach the proposed development site, Dr Teo said motorists would need to drive through Pantai Hillpark and head towards the Lembah Pantai community hall.

Fernandez, who echoed Dr Teo, said he hoped that Fuad would engage the residents as they were not against development.

He said they only wanted to protect what was left of the green lung.

He said, in the Kuala Lumpur Structure Plan, the area was defined as a stable area where there should only be minimal changes.

"However, the proposed development is not minimal as it involves increasing the density by more than 15 times, but with the same infrastructure. How can they justify the plan? The size of the road and drains remains the same and the green area is going to be smaller.

"I hope Fuad will study this holistically because we want to preserve Bukit Gasing. It is the only green lung between KL and PJ," he said.

Fernandez said Bukit Gasing was a sensitive area used by thousands of people for recreation.

He added that it was unfair that KL residents did not have enough green space.

"They are using the PJ side of Bukit Gasing because the KLside does not provide a proper, useable and effective green area for the population.

"Pantai Dalam is the densest area and the density is hitting the roof. City Hall has regeneration plans for the area and all of it involves an increase in population density. That is why steps should be taken to preserve what green area is left," he said.

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