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Taman Sri Bintang residents not happy with proposed high-density development

KUALA LUMPUR (October 2): Residents of Taman Sri Bintang in Segambut today protested against a proposed high-density apartment development on a steep slope of Bukit Sri Bintang, reported the FMT today.

According to the announcement board set up on Sept 26 by Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL), the proposed development is located on a two-acre land referred to as plot 2487, Jalan Seri Bintang 5 in Segambut. The development will comprise a 37-storey single tower made up of 431 affordable apartment units with 8-storey parking podium and facilities. The proposed density of the project is 800 people per acre.

Nonetheless, according to KL City Plan 2020, plot 2487 is dedicated for residential use and was only for 48 people per acre in terms of population density.

Sinar Bintang Safety and Welfare Association chairman Deric Teh told the media this morning that if the proposed density per acre were to increase to 800 people from 48, it will be too high for the current neighbourhood’s infrastructure and the surrounding areas.

“Our biggest concern is the high-density project on this steep slope which will cause a landslide and affect the residents in surrounding areas, especially those in Taman Bayu Sri Bintang and The Mansions Desa Park City.

“We do not prohibit developers or landowners from developing their land but the development of a 37-storey building, with 431 apartments, is not suitable. Terraced houses will be more suitable for the population density that has been gazetted for this piece of land,” the news portal reported Teh saying.

He added that the existing roads in the area were already congested with high traffic flow and the proposed development would worsen the situation.

Teh said 500 signatures had been collected from 15 organisations so far to stop this development project.

“We hope DBKL takes this issue seriously and reviews this project. We also want DBKL and related parties to conduct a geotechnical investigation as to the safety of constructing the apartment block on the steep slope and make these reports public,” he added.

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