PETALING JAYA: The developer of a proposed project in Section 52 here – set to take over the site of the current PKNS building – will have a series of workshops with residents to address concerns voiced by various quarters.
Imran Salim, director of Gapurna Sdn Bhd, the holding company of Puncak Wangi Sdn Bhd, said the workshop which would start as soon as possible would be an opportunity for both developer and residents to meet and address concerns.
“Everyone is a stakeholder, so we need to see how we can work out solutions and manage it. We will bear RM14mil for the local access junction and contribute to the RM96mil for the road access as other developers are involved,” he said in an interview yesterday.
The joint development between Puncak Wangi and PKNS consists of four-and-a-half levels of basement parking, six storeys of a business podium and a car park.
It also includes one block of 27-storey offices, three blocks of offices of between 27 and 37-storeys, two blocks of 22-storey hotels, and two blocks of 22-storey serviced apartments.
There were diferring views of the proposed development, with residents expressing concern about the volume of traffic it might cause.
At a three-hour closed-door public forum, the residents said they were worried that the development would be too overwhelming as the infrastructure might not be able to sustain the volume of traffic.
They said the development would result in six-lane highways and flyovers forced into residential areas within Jalan Templer and Jalan Penchala.
All Petaling Jaya Residents’ Association (APAC) chairman Liew Wei Beng said the residents were not sure about the traffic impact assessment made by the developer.
He said the proposed traffic infrastructure improvement cost amounts to RM106mil, which would not be borne fully by the developer.
“We are not against development, but merely echoing the solutions proposed may not be workable or viable for the area,” he said.
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