TTDI residents get leave to file judicial review over housing project

ttdi-taman-rimba-court-gavel-dbklPETALING JAYA: Representatives of a residents association have obtained leave to file a judicial review against the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) and the mayor over plans to develop additional service apartments at the Taman Rimba Kiara (TRK) public park in Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI).

Aside from the Taman Tun Dr Ismail Residents Association (TTDIRA), the parties to the judicial review include the management bodies of the five apartment complexes nearest the park and various residents of TTDI in their individual capacity, The Edge reported today.

According to the report, the High Court granted leave on Aug 23 and judicial review papers had been served on DBKL and the mayor as of Aug 28.

Case management has been fixed for Sept 6.

Among others, the judicial review application requests for an order by the court to quash and stay the conditional planning permission and a development order granted by DBKL to developer Memang Perkasa Sdn Bhd.

It also requests that the mayor adopt and gazette the KL Draft City 2020, under which TRK is recognised as a public park, The Edge said.

The housing project in question comprises a 29-storey block with 350 “affordable” 850 sq ft flats and eight other tower blocks, some as high as 54 storeys, for 1,800 service apartments.

It is meant to rehouse estate workers relocated 30 years ago.

The “affordable” flats will be sold to 100 estate families at RM25,000 each and 83 to other families at RM150,000 each. The rest will be sold to the public at market rates, according to news reports.

While the estate families are pleased at being rehoused, TTDI residents are unhappy about plans for the eight other tower blocks and the steep increase in population density.