The planned demolition of the two remaining blocks of Highland Towers this month is delayed as the Highland Towers Redevelopment Committee faced compensation issues with some owners of the remaining units.
Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) President Datuk Abdul Hamid Hussain noted that the legal issues will have to be resolved first before demolition of the buildings could be carried out, reported The Star.
However, he declined to divulge details about the settlement issues.
“There could be legal implications if the demolition is carried out without consent from all the owners,” said Abdul Hamid after chairing the monthly full board meeting of the council.
“The committee is looking at avenues to settle it.”
Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin had said in March that the two remaining towers would be demolished latest by June.
According to her, the committee had made a report on the condominium’s structure, and would decide on which agency would conduct the demolition works – either MPAJ or the Public Works Department (JKR).
Zuraida had previously revealed plans to transform the site on which the two towers are located into a recreational park.
There were also reports on plans to construct 50 bungalows around the site of the Highland Towers.
On 11 December 1993, one of the Highland Towers block collapsed, following 10 days of heavy rainfall, resulting to the death of 48 individuals.
Thereafter, residents of the two remaining blocks were evacuated.
Plans to repair the two other blocks were put forward in 1995, but checks showed that the structures were unstable, leaving demolition as the only option.