News: Stop Over-development in Kajang, Residents Say

Dec 6, 2018


A group of residents called on the Kajang Municipal Council (MPKj) to stop several construction projects at Jalan Bukit, in Kajang until a public engagement has been conducted where residents can provide their input, reported The Star.

The petition, which included about 620 signatures, was handed over by the group to MPKj Corporate and Community Department head Kamaruzaman Salimin.

These projects are Prima @ Kajang and Nexus which features 1,202 apartments spread across three towers on a 3.2ha site, and Boulevard II comprising 604 apartments in a single block on 1ha of land.

Slated for completion in 2022, the projects are expected to add 1,806 households and a similar amount of vehicles to the area.

Jalan Bukit Residents Association chairman V. Subramaniam noted that Jalan Bukit is already congested while the existing infrastructure cannot cope with such increase in vehicles and population.

“Jalan Bukit is a main artery leading to Kajang town. There are five schools, one college, a church, as well as MRT and KTM Komuter stations along this road,” he said.

“The 1.2km is a single carriageway road, with very little space for expansion, as houses and buildings are located close to the road.”

Once the projects are completed, Subramaniam expects the congestion to have a “spillover effect on Jalan Semenyih, Jalan Sungai Chuah, Jalan Cheras and Silk Expressway”.

He revealed that the residents were unaware of the projects as no notices were set up at the project sites. No public hearings were also conducted.

“We only found out the project details after we highlighted our plight to Kajang assemblyman Hee Loy Sian and we attended a meeting with MPKj in August,” said Subramaniam.

“However, MPKj failed to address our concerns on the basis of approvals for the projects and their impact on residents and Jalan Bukit users…Residents have also been unable to view the traffic impact assessment, road safety assessment and technical reports on the developments.”

With this, he said they are calling on MPKj to engage residents first before approving projects as they want the development of Kajang to be balanced and sustainable.


Image source: The Star


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