Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Provisions in KL City Plan 2020 cannot be used as it is still in the draft stage

Source: http://thestar.com.my/metro/story.asp?file=/2012/3/27/central/10989014&sec=central (By S.PUSPADEVI, 27/3/2012)
THE Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) has been accused of enforcing provisions in the KL City Plan 2020 to acquire land below market value, despite it being only in a draft stage.
Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng said DBKL’s City Planning Department had regarded the draft plan as a policy in its bid to acquire land.
Lim was citing a complaint that DBKL had issued an acquisition notice to a landowner in Jalan Pudu to vacate his land for the purpose of building public infrastructure. “The notice had stated that the City Planning Department has reduced the plot ratio from an initial 5.2 to 2.0, which means that the private landowner would only be compensated based on the plot ratio of 2.0. “Although the draft plan was conceived in 2008, how can DBKL regard it as a policy for land acquisition when it has yet to be gazetted?” Lim asked.
“I received an invitation letter from DBKL on March 9 to attend a final public consultation seminar on the draft plan and this clearly indicates that the plan had yet to be gazetted,” said Lim, adding that under the Land Acquisition Act 1960, private landowners should be compensated with a price based on the current market value. Lim said he had so far received five similar complaints.
“I believe the landowners in Jalan Sultan, Jalan Imbi and Jalan Bukit Bintang also went through the same situation as they were offered compensation below the market price, causing them to object to the MRT project. “Why should one sell their land below the market price, more so when the draft plan has not been gazetted?” he asked.
Lim urged landowners who had sufferred the same fate to attend the final public consultation seminar today to voice their grouses and highlight their issues to DBKL. The seminar is scheduled to be held from 9am to 5pm at the Perdana Mestika Hall at DBKL’s Training Institute in Jalan Yaakob Latif (Jalan Tenteram), Bandar Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur.

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