DESPERATE: Taman Nirwana residents want straight answers from MPAJ and developer of apartment blocks
KUALA LUMPUR: TAMAN Nirwana residents are unhappy that they have not received answers to the questions on an area earmarked for commercial purposes even after two dialogues and one hearing session with Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) and Sri Seltra apartment developer,
In 2010, MPAJ approved the building of apartments on the land which the residents claimed was done without their consultation.
Their contention is that the area should not be used for the development of two blocks of 16-storey apartments as it has been designated for commercial use.
Although, the project is at Jalan Nirwana 34, 38 and 39, Taman Nirwana Phase 2 representative M. Thomas said six areas are affected.
They are Taman Nirwana Phases 1-3, Kampung Pandan Dalam, Taman Putra Sulaiman and Taman Dagang.
"Jalan Nirwana 38 in Phase 3 is the trunk road used by thousands of motorists from Kampung Pandan Dalam. When the project is completed, there will be another 1,500 cars on the road," Thomas said.
Besides traffic congestion, the residents are also concerned about the drainage system.
The area is prone to flash floods. Residents claimed that the existing drainage system will be unable to cope with the increased density.
Resident Zainal Arif Shaari, 52, said: "We were told that they are building two blocks of apartments but there is talk that there will be four.
"And when Phase 3 and Taman Putra Sulaiman are encroached for road widening, where will the residents park their cars?" he said.
The work on the project started last year but there was no signboard giving details of the project.
"MPAJ approved the project without our knowledge. They should at least have informed us in a letter, without which, Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) should take action.
"I am disappointed with MPAJ which seems to be supporting the developers," Thomas said.
Pandan MP Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat said that he will arrange another hearing between the residents, developer and MPAJ.
"At the hearing, I will propose three things -- a study of the drainage system, lowering the density, and appointing an independent consultant," he said.
The residents' earlier suggestion that the developer only build five-storey blocks was turned down.
"An independent consultant is needed so that the residents get clear and straight answers," Ong said.
He said presently, there is a consultant appointed by the developer.
"The consultant has claimed that there are no problems with traffic congestion but the residents have taken many photographs that show otherwise," he said.
The hearing will take place as soon as all representatives have agreed to meet.
If all fails, the residents said they will take the matter to court as a last resort.