Kuala Lumpur High Court Judge Datuk Wira Kamalludin Md has rejected the stay application sought by residents of Taman Desa to stop the construction of The Address condominium while the court is conducting a judicial review on the controversial project.
He also ordered the plaintiff to pay costs of RM10,000 to the property developer.
Last December, the same judge dismissed the stay application sought by residents of Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI) to halt a high-density project in Taman Rimba Kiara, and ordered them to fork out RM40,000 in legal costs.
According to the plaintiff in the latest case, Protect Taman Desa Coalition, they applied for a stay order because the developer continued to build the condo despite an ongoing judicial review at the High Court.
In particular, residents living near the condominium have filed a judicial review to nullify Kuala Lumpur City Hall’s (DBKL) development approval for the construction of three residential blocks on a narrow strip of land intended for Tenaga Nasional Bhd’s electrical facilities.
In line with its approval for the project, city officials have also increased the area’s population density from 60 people per acre to 650 individuals per acre.
Aside from being too tall as the 30-storey towers in The Address condo are surrounded by schools and condominiums that are only up to 13 storeys only, the project poses a risk to students and residents. In fact, a crane in the construction site recently fell into the vicinity of an adjacent housing estate.
“The residents are very disappointed with the decision as a crane had collapsed on 24 January, with part of it falling into the compound of Tiara Faber Condominium, damaging a structure,” said the coalition, which comprises residents living nearby.
Moreover, group spokesperson Khong Kam Yin highlighted that the latest inccident shows that there is not enough buffer between The Address condo and neighbouring residences.
“It appears that authorities place economic returns over safety and wellbeing of people,” said the Protect Taman Desa Coalition in a statement.
“Will it take an incident involving injuries and loss of life for the authorities to realise that such development projects are unsustainable?” asked Khong.
Image sourced from Malay Mail
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