Friday July 23, 2010

The Star Online

A NOTICE board put up recently at Bukit Gasing to call for objections for a proposed high-density residential project on the Kuala Lumpur side has disappeared without a trace.

Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar, who had taken a photo of the board on Friday last week, said the board was gone by Monday.

“The proposal was for two 26-storey condominium blocks comprising 408 units and 18 villas, which would also increase the population density,” she said.

The notice invited landowners and residents to send their objections to the Kuala Lumpur City Hall Town Planning Department by Aug 12.

She said at one of the KL Draft Plan 2020 hearings, she was made to understand that only low-density development would take place in the area that was not gazetted as a green lung.

“This area is known to be landslide-prone since 1971. The proposal is worrying and warrants attention from the authorities,” she said.

She added that Bukit Gasing was one of the last remaining green lungs in Kuala Lumpur and needed to be kept as such.

“Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Seri Ahmad Fuad Ismail mentioned early last month that 130 of the 286 acres of Bukit Gasing owned by the Government would be gazetted as a green lung under the KL Draft Plan 2020,” Nurul Izzah said.

She said there were multiple landowners and developers in Bukit Gasing and the latest proposal that had the residents up in arms was by Langkah Bakti Sdn Bhd.

The MP along with about 70 people from Pantai Panorama, Pantai Hillpark, Friends of Bukit Gasing and residents attended a briefing on Tuesday night given by Bukit Gasing Joint Action Committee chairman and Petaling Jaya city councillor Derek Fernandez.

Nurul Izzah along with the other Kuala Lumpur MPs met the Kuala Lumpur mayor yesterday evening and one of the issues raised was the the proposed project.

When contacted, the developer declined to comment on the issue.