Monday, February 7, 2011

Excited over Segambut PPR

The proposed site for the low-cost housing project in Sungai Udang, Segambut. Residents hope the apartment blocks would be a safe distance from the high-tension power cables passing near the area. — Picture by Syazana Rose Razman

Source: (By Noel Achariam, 6/2/2011)
KUALA LUMPUR: Residents living in Segambut can now apply for low-cost housing (PPR) units in the area.

Segambut member of parliament Lim Lip Eng said City Hall was planning to build them at Sungai Udang in the constituency. Lim said the budget for the PPR project had been included in City Hall's Budget 2011. "We had asked the city council for a PPR in the area and now they have finally approved the budget for it. We are urging all residents in Segambut, who can't afford proper housing, to come forward and apply." Lim said that the housing scheme would be the first such PPR project in his constituency. "Segambut and the Bukit Bintang constituency do not have any PPR," he said after meeting residents at the proposed site in Segambut. Lim said residents could get the forms for rental of the apartments at the City Hall parliamentary office in Taman Tun Dr Ismail or at City Hall's headquarters in Jalan Raja Laut. When asked how many blocks of apartments would be built, Lim said he was unsure, but said that they would be 10 storeys in height, with a total of 560 units. They would be completed in three years.
Resident Hazmir Ekdan, 29, who rents a flat for RM400 a month, welcomed the idea of a PPR in the area. "My wife and I have been renting a home for many years and it would be good to get a PPR unit here. Who knows, we may be given the chance to own a unit one day." Another resident, P. Munusamy, 48, hoped City Hall would give priority to residents living in the area to rent the flats. "They should do this before allowing others to rent the units."
Mohd Zaki Yacob, 49, hoped City Hall would build the PPR away from the high-tension power cables located next to the proposed site. "There should be an adequate buffer zone between the cables and the apartment blocks for the safety of the residents."
Other areas identified for low-cost housing are Kampung Wira Jaya, Setapak (544 units), Kampung India Settlement, Kampung Pandan (480 units) and Setia Jaya, Setapak (400 units). City Hall will be spending RM301 million on these housing projects.
Those applying for these low-cost housing units must be Malaysians, with the husband and wife having a joint income of not more than RM2,000 a month. The couples must be working in Kuala Lumpur and the applicants must not own any houses or land within a 35km radius from the city. The rental per month will be RM124.

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