31st May – 7th June
The draft Ampang Jaya Municipal Council Local Plan 2035 (RT MPAJ) features proposals for a new highway project as well as the alignment for the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) 3 Circle Line.
Meanwhile, concessionaires of new highway projects, including three such projects in the Klang Valley, will now have to bear the cost of the projects as the government will no longer provide any assistance.
1) MPAJ’s draft local plan includes proposed alignment for MRT3 Circle Line
The draft Ampang Jaya Municipal Council Local Plan 2035 (RT MPAJ), which is on display until 29 June, features proposals for a new highway project as well as the alignment for the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) 3 Circle Line.
It showed that seven MRT3 stations will be constructed in Ampang Jaya, subject to changes. The Star noted that a portion of Kuala Lumpur Northern Dispersal Expressway (KL-Node) could also run through the municipality.
“These are not finalised plans as the developers for these projects have yet to determine the exact alignments,” said MPAJ secretary Julaihah Jamaludin.
“However, this is a chance for the public to be aware of potential changes and voice their views on proposed development in their neighbourhoods.”
Replacing the 2020 version, the RT MPAJ 2035 detail the planned developments, land use and zoning type within the jurisdiction of MPAJ for the next 15 years.
2) No government assistance for new highway projects
Concessionaires of new highway projects, including three such projects in the Klang Valley, will have to bear the cost of the projects including any risks involved.
This comes as the government will no longer be making any allocations for new highway projects, said Senior Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof.
He revealed that the government will no longer be extending any financial assistance for new highway projects. In fact, it will also stop the assistance for land too, reported Bernama.
“Previously, land acquisition cost for highway construction was partly borne by the government,” he said.
“Now, there are no more soft loans; all will have to be shouldered by the concession companies interested in building the highways.”
3) East 57 sells all 57 units during virtual launch
East 57, Sime Darby Property Bhd’s three-storey superlink homes in KL East, received robust interest during its virtual launch, with all 57 units snapped up by buyers.
The units were sold at a price range of between RM1.8 million and RM2.8 million, reported The Star.
Datuk Azmir Merican, Group Managing Director of Sime Darby Property, attributed the strong interest received by the freehold development to the limited supply of well-designed landed homes within the KL East and Melawati area.
“The natural surroundings, larger floorplans and low density of the development appealed strongly to the young, growing families in the area and proved to be exactly what people were looking for,” he said.
The low-density development features nature-inspired facilities such as al-fresco dining areas, outdoor playgrounds, fitness area, resting pavilions and a unique tree house.
4) Illegal extensions to ground floor flat demolished
The structures linked to an illegal extension of a ground floor housing unit at Blok 4 of Flat UTM within Jalan AU3/1 have been demolished by the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ).
The Star reported that the structures were built in the common area of the housing block.
In a Facebook post, MPAJ explained that the structures were taken down since the unit owner violated the Street, Drainage and Building Act 1974 (Act 133) as well as the Strata Management Act 2013 (Act 757).
“Stratified residences like flats, apartments and condominiums are tied to Act 757, whereby the property owner’s space is confined to their lot only,” it said.
“The safety of other residents must also be taken into account, because such extensions may hamper emergency responders from their rescue work during disasters.”
5) First phase of green corridor project to be completed by year-end
The initial phase of a green corridor project aimed at creating a continuous open space in the form of a linear park within Lembah Jaya, Selangor is expected to be completed before the end of this year.
Providing ecological connectivity between current green spaces within the area, the Lembah Jaya Green Corridor will feature a 7km walking and cycling loop that incorporates the natural treasures of the area, reported The Star.
For the project’s first phase, the Housing and Local Government Ministry has allocated about RM1 million to Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ), which is carrying out the works.
Upgrading works at Dusun Bandar Taman Kosas are currently being carried out and will be followed by improvements at the Bukit Kembara hiking trail and Bukit Indah bicycle track.
The loop’s starting and end point will be the Dusun Bandar Park.
6) Residents hopeless over half-done township‘s poor condition
Residents of the Lembah Beringin township, which is known as “one of the worst failed developments in Selangor”, feel hopeless over the state of the township.
Once touted as “the next Petaling Jaya”, the development of the township was halted in 1998 while its developer went into receivership and eventually liquidated in 2006, reported The Star.
Completed sections of the township, in which around 200 units are occupied, feature a residential college, three eateries that double as sundry shops and a tahfiz.
“We don’t have facilities and don’t get the same attention for services as other townships, but we still pay one of the highest assessment taxes in Hulu Selangor,” said Mohd Adlum Mohd Radzi, Chairman of the Lembah Beringin Residents Association.
Feeling betrayed and neglected, he noted that there is only one school in the community.
“Besides water and electricity, we have very little else…Some of us are fed up and feeling hopeless as we don’t have the power to change things,” he said.