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Jalan 19/70a

How the authorities could approve a 33-storey building in such a tight area, surrounded by double-storey houses and four-storey shop lots, is beyond comprehension, writes Angry Malaysian.

It appears no matter how small or tight or congested an area is, there are totally no impediments for obtaining planning permission these days.

The mantra of DBKL that ‘we cannot stop landowners developing their land’ is being fully implemented without any due consideration for location and density issues. So, does this mean I, as a landowner, can put up five additional floors on my terrace house and I cannot be stopped from developing it? Surely, it cannot be that simple.

In Jalan 19/70A, Desa Sri Hartamas, what was previously a well-used car park is now a construction site for a 33-storey building including a multi-storey car park and commercial and office space. Refer to the map above.

Jalan 19/70A is one of the two main arteries into Segambut Dalam and Hartamas shopping area as well as many Mont Kiara-located condominiums and buildings.

During peak hours, a queue of cars stretches all the way to the traffic lights at the Sprint Highway, Desa Sri Hartamas interchange. It does not help that many irresponsible motorists park their cars on both sides of this road and cause congestion all the time. Passing police or DBKL enforcement personnel hardly do anything, unless they are operating in that area issuing tickets.

When this 33-storey building is finished and fully occupied, Jalan 19/70A will be unbearable as cars entering and leaving this new building will add to the severe congestion already in existence.

How the authorities could approve a 33-storey building in such a tight area, surrounded by double-storey houses and four-storey shop lots, is beyond comprehension. It beggars belief.

Angry Malaysian is the pseudonym of an Aliran reader who is always angry because the bright future of Malaysia has been eroded by incompetence, nepotism, apathy, laziness, racism, double standards and arrogance.

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