Kuala Lumpur City (DBKL) is unlawfully approving projects, claimed Save KL Group, a coalition of residents’ associations from Taman Desa and Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI).
This is because city officials, particularly the Mayor, have failed to approve the capital’s local development plan within a reasonable period and they have changed development plans without following the proper legal procedure, said Save KL Group Head Dr Abdul Aziz Abdul Rahman.
“They have approved altered development plans, like changing land status, and they have not approved the local plan according to the requirements of the law. They should have approved the local plan as soon as possible and not 10 years, which is what they are doing now.”
He said this after SKL held a peaceful protest at the ninth World Urban Forum at the KLCC Convention Centre during the weekend.
Aziz noted that based on the Federal Territory (Planning) Act of 1982, a general structure plan and a more detailed local plan must be drafted and gazetted.
“Under the law, you have to use these two plans to administer Kuala Lumpur. They have done the structure plan, which is just an outline of the development of the area. It’s just a framework. By law, as soon as possible, they should introduce the local plan, which will go into detail on every lot, plot ratios, and all that.”
“The intent of the law is that administration of (development) planning should be based on the local plan.”
However, the local plan known as KL City Plan 2020 has not been approved and published despite being unveiled in 2008.
Notably, TTDI residents have filed a judicial review against DBKL for allowing the construction of luxury condominiums in Taman Rimba Kiara park.
Meanwhile, residents of Taman Desa have taken city officials to court for permitting the construction of extremely tall residential tower close to the Tiara Faber Condominium. It also made recent headlines as a crane from the construction site fell into parking lot of Tiara Faber last month.
Image sourced from Facebook of Selamatkan Kuala Lumpur
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