NST Online   8th December 2008

KUALA LUMPUR: Two highly controversial hillside projects in the city will be reviewed by the Federal Territories Ministry.

These are the Medan Damansara 21 and Gasing Hill developments.

The ministry’s sensitive areas environment committee will be taking another look at the projects.

“The committee will monitor and review these projects,” Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Zulhasnan Rafique said yesterday.

The Medan Damansara 21 project consists of 21 bungalows priced between RM10 million and RM15 million each.

The developer was slapped with a stop-work order in April and fined RM100,000 for failing to comply with safety standards.

The development at Gasing Hill, which sits on a 10-metre ledge facing Pantai Hill Park and the Andalucia condominium, will have 142 bungalows.

Residents living nearby have been protesting against the development, saying it was unsafe.

Zulhasnan said his ministry would also be monitoring hillside projects in Putrajaya and Labuan.

Some controversial hillside projects in the Klang Valley:

– Federal Hill

Residents of Federal Hill are protesting against a project around the Travers police station.

A nine-storey block of police quarters and a three-storey police station are planned, as well as three high-rise blocks of commercial office space.

– Bukit Persiaran project in Bandar Sri Damansara

This project consists of 15 blocks of condominiums of 42 storeys each at Bukit Persiaran in Bandar Sri Damansara.

– Bukit Ceylon project

Residents have questioned the safety aspect of the hillside development.