Bangsar High-Rise Developer Claims It Met All DBKL Requirements

October 27, 2021

Bangsar High-Rise Developer Claims It Met All DBKL Requirements

The developer of a high-rise apartment project on Jalan Abdullah, Bangsar said that it has fulfilled all the requirements laid down by Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) to address the residents’ concerns.

Patrick Lim, Senior Manager at Bangsar Rising Sdn Bhd, said DBKL had required the developer to provide a clearance letter from the Department of Mineral and Geoscience Malaysia (JMG), an independent geotechnical check report and a wider traffic study prior to earthwork approval.

“We have followed all DBKL procedures and fulfilled all the technical requirements including the Traffic Impact Assessment (TIA) to obtain all approvals strictly based on the Kuala Lumpur City Plan 2020,” Lim told Free Malaysia Today (FMT).

The developer’s claim is contrary to what Lembah Pantai Member of Parliament (MP) Fahmi Fadzil and the residents are claiming.

It was previously reported that the residents have been protesting against a proposed 32-storey apartment project within the area for over a year, saying that they had not been consulted.

During a meeting between stakeholders on 27 March 2021, the residents were informed that the development was now for 34-storey serviced apartment project instead of a 32-storey project.

Lim also claimed that the company had secured JMG clearance that no natural stream runs through the proposed development site.

The residents, however, insist that there is a natural waterway within the area as confirmed by JMG in 2014.

“Also, we had suggested an additional exit from the development to Jalan Kemuja to ease the traffic discharge to Jalan Abdulllah. DBKL had accepted the proposal,” added Lim.

Except for the earthworks plan, DBKL had given the company all the necessary approvals, he said.

Ksharmini Thanigasalam, who represented the residents in working with Save Kuala Lumpur (SKL), said the residents’ concerns have not been addressed by the developer and that they are still waiting for the relevant reports, including the TIA, from the developer and DBKL.

“We have been kept in the dark and have been requesting and waiting for the reports so we can consult independent parties, especially on the safety of the slope,” she told FMT.

She, along with 16 other residents, had sent DBKL a letter, requesting for updates on the proposed project and asking if the reports had been submitted to DBKL.

“It was decided during the meeting on March 27 that the developer cannot proceed with the project unless they fulfil all the requirements by DBKL and Fahmi. The residents find that the process is incomplete without a strategic communication session,” read the letter.

As such, the residents were shocked when the developer attempted to proceed with the preliminaries of conducting dilapidation survey even as they had not been informed if it had complied with DBKL’s “further requirements”.

Lim explained that the project’s dilapidation report had already been submitted in September and that only a few neighbours are yet to fill up the survey.

SKL Chairman Datuk M Ali urged DBKL to show the residents the report’s findings.

“DBKL is morally bound to engage and to be transparent with the residents. We have gone through countless meetings and have not received anything conclusive until today,” he said as quoted by FMT.

 

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