News: DBKL Mayor: Project To Continue But Developer To Replace Football Field

Jul 12, 2018

 
The disputed high-rise housing project on a former football field in Bandar Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur will be allowed to proceed as it is already at advanced stage of construction.

“The project must go on if the work is 15 percent completed,” said Kuala Lumpur Mayor Tan Sri Mohd Amin Nordin Abd Aziz.

He noted that the city cannot also afford to compensate the developer.

Nonetheless, Amin Nordin pledged to get the developer to bear the cost of building a new football field near Bandar Tun Razak, reported The Star.

“We have identified a piece of land not too far away, and we will explain the matter to the residents.”

The 2.09ha football field in Jalan Jujur was used by residents for various recreational activities, but was sold to a developer last year for the construction of a condominium.

On 9 July, Federal Territories Minister Khalid Abdul Samad said during his inaugural meeting at DBKL headquarters that it was unfortunate the project had already started construction before Pakatan Harapan came into power.

“Construction has already started and there will be legal and financial obligations if we terminate the project, and that is our last option,” said Khalid.

Nestled on a 2.09ha site, the high-rise project will feature four blocks, two of which are earmarked for low-cost flats.

The 40-storey building will have 1,814 residential units, effectively raising the population density within the area from 60 to 1,400 per 0.4ha.

Meanwhile, the Save Jalan Jujur Football Field committee had expressed disappointment over DBKL’s decision.

Since the land was gazetted as reserved land, agencies like DBKL, Federal Land and Mines Department (PTG) and the former FT Minister should be made accountable for not complying with the standard operating procedure, said the committee’s secretary Mohamad Saiful Mansur.

The football field was gazetted as reserved land for public use on 24 November 2005, while its status was changed on 22 December 2017.

However, the application for the project was submitted on 3 May 2017 and DBKL approved it with condition on 18 October last year.

This implies that the project was approved even when the land was still gazetted as reserved land and not yet handed over to DBKL.
 

Image sourced from The Star Online

 
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