Nuradzimmah Daim, NST Streets, Wednesday, 25 June 2008



Datuk Seri Shukur Abdullah: Residents will file a civil suit if they do not receive a satisfactory response from the mayor.

KUALA LUMPUR: Residents of Medan Damansara are threatening to take City Hall to court if the controversial Damansara 21 project is not cancelled.

The residents’ association, through its chairman Datuk Seri Shukor Abdullah, described legal action as a last resort, but will file a civil suit if they do not receive a satisfactory response from Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Ab Hakim Borhan.

“We are seeking an explanation from the mayor of the letter we obtained from the Drainage and Irrigation Department saying it has yet to endorse the Erosion Sediment and Control Plan handed in by developer SDB Damansara Sdn Bhd.

“We also found out from the Selangor Mineral and Geoscience Department that SDB had done clearance on the hill, which has a slope of more than 35 degrees,” he said.

“The idea is to stop the development altogether. We will also write a letter to the Prime Minister’s office about our predicament,” he said after a meeting with about 100 residents on Sunday.

Among those present were Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng and Wangsa Maju MP Wee Choo Keong. Environmental activist and lawyer Derek Fernandez from Bukit Gasing also lent his support.

He said the Kuala Lumpur Structure Plan 2020 states in its environment section that City Hall shall not permit development on slopes exceeding the allowable level set by the federal government.

“A directive by the cabinet in 2002 stated there must not be any development on slopes of more than 35 degrees.

“For development on slopes of 25 to 35 degrees, the plan must include a risk erosion map, slope stabilisation measures and geotechnical report,” he said.

It was reported City Hall will give the green light for the project if the developer meets the conditions for rectification work set on April 21.

SDB was slapped with a stop-work order and fined RM100,000 for not putting up a perimeter drainage system, siltation traps and hoarding; and creating an access road on Jalan Kasah when the plan stated it should go through Jalan Beringin.

SDB had also not maintained the blue plastic covers for the slope.

Last week SDB Properties Sdn Bhd project development general manager Choy Wing Sung said the company has asked City Hall to lift the ban as rectification work had been done and requirements met.

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