Saturday March 29, 2008

The Star, Metro by BAVANI M

THE developer involved in the development of Sanctuary Ridge Kuala Lumpur City – a project to construct 68 bungalows on a 38-acre site in Bukit Gasing has started hoarding work at the perimeters of the development site.

A spokesman from the company, Gasing Meridian Sdn Bhd, said the hoarding was being erected pursuant to approvals dated Oct 2, 2007 and Nov 16, 2007.

“Hoarding is a barrier which is required before the start of any work involving construction, alteration, repair or demolition of buildings.

“For safety reasons we strongly advise that the public refrain from any movements into the construction site,” he said, adding that those with children and/or pets were advised to keep away from the construction site at all times.

The spokesman said that to facilitate hoarding, shrubs would be cleared to make way for the perimeter fencing.

“To reduce the need to fell trees, we will hoard around the trees that fall on the pathway of the perimeter. This will increase the time and effort needed to complete the entire hoarding process.

“As responsible developers – undertaking this effort voluntarily is necessary to reduce unnecessary felling.

He added that the company had distributed newsletters to residents in the area informing them of the hoarding exercise.

The Joint Action Committee of Bukit Gasing (JAC) and residents living in the area had recently gone to court to compel the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) to hold a public hearing on the proposed development located on the KL side of Bukit Gasing.

The residents also wanted to see the necessary papers, technical reports and studies on the development.

They said that the project, which is located on hill slope, is dangerous and they feared for their safety.

The spokesman however denied that the development is unsafe and was against regulations as they (developer) had studied the site in detail.

He added that the Federal Territories Ministry’s Committee on the Sensitivity of the Environment had also independently reviewed the project.

The committee comprises experts from Ikram (Public Works Institute of Malaysia), the Department of Geosciences and Mineral, Public Works Department, the Department of Environment, National Soil Erosion Research Centre and Minerals following which the committee issued its clearance for the project.

The spokesman said that geology of the area was characterised by the Kenny Hill Formation, which has supported even high-rise buildings, including for two decades the condominium blocks in the vicinity.

The project does not encroach on the reserve of the Syabas water tank, which contains five million gallons.

http://thestar.com.my/metro/story.asp?file=/2008/3/29/central/20739892&sec=central

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