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SPNB completes 77 stalled projects to date

SEREMBAN: Syarikat Perumahan Negara Bhd (SPNB) has so far revived and completed 77 stalled projects involving 24,326 housing units nationwide.

The development cost totalled RM480 million, Chairman Datuk Idris Haron told reporters after the handing over of keys to owners whose houses in the abandoned Taman Pelangi scheme had been completed here on May 11.

He said SPNB had revived 23 projects involving 11,081 housing units covering a total of 191.16ha by providing financial assistance while the other 54 projects involving 13,245 housing units through advisory services.

"SPNB is presently resuscitating 11 projects under the 2009 Economic Stimulus Package involving 3,713 housing units with a restoration cost if RM381 million and all these projects involve land areas totalling 199.26ha," he said.

In Negri Sembilan alone, he said, SPNB had revived nine projects including the Taman Senawang Jaya and Taman Seri Bayu projects.

Besides, SPNB was also involved in the affordable housing programme under which 9,046 housing units involving 143.37ha had been completed, he said.

In Negri Sembilan, three projects involving 1,717 units had been implemented under the programme.

For the Rumah Mesra Rakyat programme, Idris said the response was very encouraging.

Since the programme was introduced in 2001, SPNB had received 42,148 applications to date and had built 14,568 units valued at RM840 million.

"Under the scheme, an applicant needs to pay only RM150 a month for 26 years.

"SPNB remains committed to the national housing agenda by focusing on the development of affordable houses priced below RM100,000," he said.

The Taman Pelangi project was abandoned in 1990 and was taken over by SPNB for restoration in 2007 involving RM10 million.

The 11.5ha project comprises 257 low-cost, 1-storey terraced units (RM25,000-RM35,000) and medium-cost 1-storey terraces units (RM44,000-RM63,000). Each unit has three bedrooms and two washrooms. -- Bernama

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