Friday, June 13, 2008

Selangor wants to build new township in Pandamaran - The Star


The Selangor government has proposed turning Jalan Papan and Jalan Bukit Kerayong in Pandamaran into a new township.

State local government, research and study committee chairman Ronnie Liu said he would call the developer and resident association soon to discuss the details.

“The houses and premises in the new village will be torn down and rebuilt into a proper planned and conducive place for living.

“The squatter problem has been going on for a long time and we hope the project can commence latest by the end of the year,” said Liu when met at Jalan Papan here recently.

Liu said the new township on 40ha of land would consist of houses, commercial areas, an industrial zone and infrastructure such as a clubhouse, playground and park.

He said squatters could opt to buy the 1,400sq ft double-storey houses for less than RM100,000 or get compensation in cash.

Liu added that all places of worship would remain or be relocated to suitable places.

“We are looking for a win-win situation for all, not just the government or developer, but the people as well,” he said.

Meanwhile, the chairman of Jalan Papan Urban Pioneers, Pandamaran New Village, Ang Mah Chye said he hoped the new state government would investigate why the new village residents were asked to move out.

He said Jalan Papan has existed for about 54 years and residents have been given a Temporary Occupation Licence (TOL) to reside there since the 1960s.

“We have been paying TOL for 22 years until 1990 when the TOL was cancelled for no reason,” he claimed.

Ang added that in 2003 1,100 families in 522 houses were given notice by the Klang Municipal Council to vacate their houses to move to the low cost flats built by TPPT Sdn Bhd, a housing development company initially set up by Bank Negara to take over and manage abandoned projects.

The development project there was later given to another developer by TPPT, Ang claimed.

“We want to know why,” he said.

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