CATALYST: The access into Kg Sg Penchala from Jalan Datuk Sulaiman is expected to trigger development
A 660-METRE road connecting Jalan Datuk Sulaiman in Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI) and Kampung Sungai Penchala is expected to be ready in six months.
The road, to be built by City Hall from Jalan Datuk Sulaiman near Restoran Puteri, to the undeveloped land lots in Kampung Sg Penchala, will be one lane two-way road.
Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Minister Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin who officiated at the ground-breaking ceremony near Restoran Puteri on Wednesday said he hoped the road would trigger development at the village without upsetting Taman Tun Dr Ismail.
"Land is valuable here and many land owners and developers are actively trying to develop their plots," he said, adding that without infrastructure, the land would be undervalued.
The construction of the access road costs RM5.4 million.
Raja Nong Chik said development in Malay reserve areas that were carried out by residents were often unsystematic.
He cited development in Kampung Padang Balang, Setapak, where land owners built their own roads many years ago which today proved to be too narrow.
"Redeveloping Kampung Baru is also a problem as there are 5,000-odd land owners.
"Sometimes one lot is divided among many family members and it is a stumbling block to our development proposals because it is difficult to get consent from all family members," he added.
Raja Nong Chik told reporters that issues regarding the acquisition of several land lots at Kampung Sungai Penchala to build the access road had been settled by the Federal Territory Land and Mines Department.
At the ground-breaking ceremony, lot owner Datin Rabihah Abu Wahab said: "I've had a development order for two years but I can't build a house then because an earlier access road to my lot behind Jalan Datuk Sulaiman 1 has been barricaded.
"Over the years I have gone to City Hall in the hope of finding a solution but to no avail," said the retiree who is her 60s.
An owner of the lot neighbouring Rabihah's was also in a similar predicament despite having obtained his development order last year.
The access road is expected to resolve their problems. In the mean time, they are proposing that City Hall remove the barricade at Jalan Datuk Sulaiman 1.