PUTRAJAYA: The Highland Towers condominium, that have stood abandoned for more than 25 years, will be demolished the latest by June, said Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin.
She said the Highland Towers Re-Development Committee has prepared a report of a study on the structure of the condominium and will decide on the agency to carry out the demolition works, whether the Public Works Department (PWD) or Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ).
“The agencies are in the midst of discussion, whether both should get involved or either one of them; MPAJ or PWD. will do the job,” she told reporters after the attending the ministry-level 2019 International Women’s Day celebrations here today.
Zuraida said developers of Highland Towers had also said they would provide RM2 million for the demolition works.
She had previously been quoted as saying that Highland Towers would be demolished in Oct 2018.
However, the demolition works had to be postponed to enable the Highland Towers Re-Development Committee, which is chaired by Housing and Local Government Ministry Secretary-General Datuk Mohammad Mantek, to work with the PWD on a study on the structure of the building.
In August last year, Zuraida proposed that the Highland Towers area be re-developed as a recreational park.
This was because the structure of the soil in the area was not suitable for housing.
On Dec 11, 1993, one of the three blocks of the Highland Towers Condominium in Taman Hillview, Ulu Klang, collapsed in a tragedy that killed 48 people. -- BERNAMA