THE year saw tussles for public roads making the headlines in Petaling Jaya.
In February, residents from SS1 and Section 22 protested against the use of Jalan SS1/25 as the entrance to the Paramount View Condominium.
The Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) had earlier approved the 233-unit condominium with SS1/25 as the access road.
After the developers agreed to move the entrance to Jalan SS1/26, residents along the road also protested.
To add insult to injury, Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) filed a court injunction to prevent the developers from building the access road going through TNB reserve land.
While the residents fought hard to prevent the access road being built in their neighbourhood, buyers of the units who were still servicing their loans were left in a quandary, as they could not move into the completed units without a proper access road.
Even after the issue was brought to court, there is still no solution in sight as the developer and the MBPJ were asked to come up with an amicable solution.
Two months ago, the scuffle for Jalan Tanjung in Bandar Utama began when Bandar Utama City Corporation (BUCC) announced that it would take back a piece of private land located in front of the 1Tech Park.
A portion of Jalan Tanjung, which served as a connection between Bandar Utama and areas like Tropicana, Sunway Daman-sara and Kota Damansara, sat on the private land.
The road started off as a temporary access more than a decade ago but the MBPJ had approved various housing and commercial projects in the area, using Jalan Tanjung as an access road.
A road connecting the area to Kota Damansara was also built and a heavy volume of traffic ply the road each day.
The road was closed without prior notice on Nov 16, and many motorists were caught by surprised.
Tropicana residents fought for the road to be opened while Bandar Utama residents wanted it closed.
The dispute went public as various protests, signature campaigns and meetings with Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim and the MBPJ took place.
The state government finally made the decision to make the road a public road by acquiring the piece of private land.
These two disputes also saw residents and developers putting out advertisements in local newspapers to make their stand.
The Tropicana Residents Association started it off on Nov 14 with a full page advertisement, followed by a half-page notice by BUCC on Nov 16 and another by the Bandar Utama Residents Association on Nov 20.
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