Sunday, November 26, 2006
前天我不舍因为身边最亲密的战友-老马，不见了，昨天突然它回来了。。。好开心，因为我真得很喜欢它吖， 其实它不见了，是一场美丽的误会，是我家的小玲，带它出去，但是因为它生病了，没办法回来就把它留在外面，害我以为它离开我了，等小玲回来，我要好好教训他了。。嘿嘿 “ ）
Saturday, November 25, 2006
Sunday, November 05, 2006
The KL-Putrajaya highway Project with 26KM length, from Kampung Pandan roundabout to Putrajaya. The concession was signed on 22 October 1997. However, since then, the project was reportedly put on hold due to the economic crisis. In early 2004,it was reported in press that the length of the highway had been shorten, parcel (1) from Kampung Pandan roundabout to Technology Park Malaysia was abolished and parcel (2) from Technology Park Malaysia to Putraja remained. However the Government has decided to revive parcel (1) at the end of 2004.
Package (5) of this Project starts from Salak South Garden, pass through an established residential area, i.e. Bandar Baru Sri Petaling and end at Bukit Jalil. The stretch in Bandar Baru Sri Petaling with approximately 1.25KM will be an elevated structure to be built on the existing road, Jalan 2/149, which has 32metres reserve width that services the residential area.
In year 1997,a knowledgeable resident had written to advise LLM to shift the alignment of the highway towards Zone N of Bandar Baru Sri Petaling, which has not been developed at that time to ensure adequate buffer zone is provided on both sides of the highway. However his advice was ignored. Besides this, few more residents have also written to LLM for information of the Project between 1998 to 2003,as usual LLM had ignored them.
In general, the awareness of this Project to the public is negligible as reported in the Environmental Impact Assessment report and Supplementary Environmental Impact Assessment dated June 1997 and April 2003 respective.
Authorities Blunder, People Suffer
Issues With Respect To Authorities’ Approvals Of The Project
Issue No 1 - Relevant laws, acts, guidelines and regulations have not been complied.
The elevated highway on top of Jalan 2/149, Bandar Baru Sri Petaling is set back just 2.3 metres away from the existing 200+ residential houses.
- Under JKR guideline, a highway required a minimum width reserve of 60 meters. The existing main road, Jalan 2/149 Bandar Baru Sri Petaling has only 32 meters width reserve, which does not fulfill the above requirement.
- Under LLM guideline, all developments are required to have a minimun setback (buffer zone) of 19m from the “right-of-way” (ROW) of a highway. There is no buffer zone provided along Jalan 2/149 to separate the highway from the existing residential houses.
- Under National Land Code (Act 56 of 1965) section 5, buildings are defined as any structure erected on land. With respect to public health, safety and protection of environment, the planning guidelines required minimum separation distances measured between buildings or structures to property boundaries. The elevated building structure of the highway which set back 2metres from the property boundaries along Jalan 2/149 can never comply with any act, bylaws and guidelines.
- Under the Environmental Act 1972, maximum levels of noise and air pollutions are defined for residential areas. The cumulative noise and air pollution generated by the existing road and elevated highway would far exceed the levels permitted by the Act. To-date, we have yet to be convinced by the relevant authorities that mitigation measures to be taken could reduce the noise and air pollution levels to the compliance limits.
Issue No 2 – Important concepts and pertinent information were not provided in the Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) reports, which defied the objective of EIA.
- The two important concepts excluded from the EIA report and supplementary EIA report dated June 1997 and April 2003 respective are
- Project options/route options : unable the assessor to examine and select the best project option/route option. In fact there were plenty of route options available at the time the Project was initiated and these options are still available. These options are
Follow Besraya Highwayand bypass Bandar Baru Sri Petaling.
ii) Follow Seremban Highway and bypass Bandar Baru Sri Petaling.
iii) Shift the alignment towards Zone N of Bandar Baru Sri Petaling, which was still undeveloped at that time to provide adequate buffer zone on both sides of the highway.
- Public participation : valid assessment of a project on the community cannot be made without some form of public participation as public participation is the most reliable way of predicting the impact of the project on people.
a) The reserve width of Jalan 2/149
b) The setback of the elevated highway from the property boundaries at the most critical area along Jalan 2/149.Instead it mentioned that a kinder garden located along Jalan 2/149 with its backyard 8metres away from the ROW.
c) The potential significant cumulative impacts generated by the existing road and the proposed highway.
d) Evidence to support that these impacts are no longer significant.
Issue No 3 - The relevant authorities failed to carry out their responsibilities
When the highway Project was approved in 1997, Zone N of Bandar Baru Sri Petaling abutting Jalan 2/149 has not been developed. Amazingly, the relevant approving authorities had allowed the housing development to proceed subsequently without provision of buffer zone along the approved highway Project. The following authorities should be fully responsible for
- Lembaga Lebuhraya
(LLM) : failure to impose on the housing development a 19metres setback from ROW of the highway. Malaysia
Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL) : failure to impose or serve requisition notice under section 30 of Town and Country Planning Act 1976 (Act172) to impose on the housing development to provide buffer zone along the proposed highway.
Friday, November 03, 2006
Wednesday, November 01, 2006