Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Bandar Mahkota Cheras dispute: Khalid wants a solution in one week - NST

Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim has directed all parties to find an amicable solution

SHAH ALAM: May 14, 2008 By Azira Shaharuddin

Menteri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim wants a solution to the road closure dispute in Bandar Mahkota Cheras in seven days.

He said all the parties involved, namely the developer of Bandar Mahkota Cheras, Narajaya Sdn Bhd, Cheras-Kajang Highway concessionaire Grand Saga Sdn Bhd and the Malaysian Highway Authority, must come up with an amicable solution.

If after seven days a solution was not forthcoming, Khalid said the state government would decide.

The message was conveyed by his political secretary, Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad, to the press after a meeting between the state government, Grand Saga and MHA yesterday.

Khalid also called on the parties to remain calm.

Bandar Mahkota residents have been fighting for their right to use the toll-free access road for two years after Grand Saga closed the road.

Last month, they tore down the concrete barrier and were able to use the road for almost three weeks.

Grand Saga tried to close it again by building another concrete barrier.

It, however, could not complete building it because residents went to court to apply for an injunction for a stop- work order, which was rejected.

Last Saturday, state Local Government and Research Committee chairman Ronnie Liu said Grand Saga should not block the access road as it was on state land.

This was based on a survey by the Selangor Survey and Mapping Department, which confirmed the land did belong to the state.

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