Construction works put Kepong park visitors’ lives at risk

KUALA LUMPUR (June 6): Concerns have been raised on the safety of Taman Metropolitan Kepong users as a result of two on-going high-rise residential projects situated on the edge of the park’s jogging track.

“Objects could slip from the construction site onto the jogging track. Similarly, in future, when the buildings are occupied, there may be stray objects that could belong to the park area,” said Kepong MP Lim Lip Eng throughout a stop by at the park today. He cited an event where a boy was killed with a falling object at a flat in Brickfields.

The two projects lying on the edge of the park are The Henge by Aset Kayamas Sdn Bhd and Mizumi Residences by Wawasan Metro Bina Sdn Bhd.

In accordance with Lim, even though sites of these two projects were gazetted as green space, the lands were approved for the development of the 2 condominium projects in 2015.

“No matter what reason the prior government has for de-gazetting the land for private development, the building structures are up now and we are asking the developers to produce safety measures (to protect park users),”said Lim.

Also present throughout the visit was Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) executive director of planning Datuk Najib Mohd.

Najib said both developers have been told to submit the safety measures they plan to transport out, to be submitted before Hari Raya and the instalment has to be done right after the festive break.

“We are able to see that there are catch nets across the buildings but more things need to be done to ensure the safety of the park users because this is a public park with many joggers. We’re requesting an overhang of two meters to prevent falling objects from injuring park users,” explained Najib.

The Henge is anticipated to be completed by September as the RUMAWIP element of the project, KepongMas, is anticipated to be completed by the first quarter of next year.

Mizumi Kepong is going to be completed by November 2020.

“The other day I have sent a request for an end work order to be issued to the 2 developers pending the safety measures,” Lim noted.

Meanwhile, Taman Metropolitan Kepong’s main open air car park has been closed concerning too many heavy vehicles are utilizing it and may pose a public safety hazard.

As an alternative, many users are parking their cars at the joggers’entrance along Jalan Metro Perdana Barat 14, that is in a deplorable condition.

“The access road is the main Mizumi Residences ‘construction land and the developer has promised to upgrade the access road along with the entrance for joggers and cyclists. They do not need to hold back the project to be completed to upgrade the road. They are able to and should be carrying it out now,” Lim noted.

The request was answered by Najib on the spot by instructing the developer to transport out the upgrading work immediately and that the task should be completed monthly from now.

In relation to having less car parking facilities, that is also causing traffic issues along Jalan Metro Perdana Barat 14, a seven-storey free carpark is going to be built on the currently closed main carpark of the park.

Melati Ehsan Number of Companies is building the carpark and in accordance with its project director Leong Chee Kian, construction work began in April and is going to be completed in 24 months.