Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Opal Damansara win two awards

THE Opal Damansara project in Sunway Damansara received two awards for its design and layout.

With 248 units, the condominium developed by Sunway Damansara Sdn Bhd has 30% of the development allocated for landscaping.

The two awards the project received were the 2010 Green Asian Townscape Award by the Asian Habitat Summit in Fukuoka, Japan and 2010 Design Grand Award of Chinese Residential Projects by the World Association of Chinese Architects.

Sunway City Berhad property development division managing director Ho Hon Sang said they were happy to win the awards.

“A lot of thought and effort has been invested in this project to create a practical living environment that is both contemporary and functional,” he said.

Opal Damansara is located within the 162ha integrated Sunway Damansara township with good access and proximity to facilities, commercial centres and shopping malls.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Selangor to acquire private land in Jalan Tanjung

To be acquired: Half of Jalan Tanjung is currently closed to traffic following the tussle between developers and residents of Bandar Utama and Tropicana last year.

SELANGOR will proceed with the acquisition of the private land in Jalan Tanjung following the Shah Alam High Court’s dismissal of Bandar Utama City Corporation (BUCC) and Bandar Utama Technology Park’s application for leave for a judicial review recently.

“Now that the court has ruled, we will proceed with the takeover,” said Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim.

“We had instructed the Petaling Jaya City Council to go on with preparations for an open tender for a road-upgrading project to save time if the court ruled in the state’s favour,” he said.

It was the state’s decision to take over the stretch of land and upgrade the road from two to three lanes to enable two-way traffic following a tussle between residents and developers of Bandar Utama and Tropicana last year.

Developers of surrounding projects had been roped in to contribute to the road project.

The acquisition was put on hold when Bandar Utama filed an application for judicial review against the state’s order. Jalan Tanjung was only open for one-way traffic from Tropicana to Bandar Utama since last year.

Source : TheStar

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Jalan Tanjung users want state govt to speed up process of acquiring land

USERS of Jalan Tanjung in Bandar Utama, Petaling Jaya, are getting frustrated about the worsening traffic situation in the area.

About 30 residents from Tropicana, Riana Green condominium and the surrounding areas held a press conference at the Riana Green function room to highlight their plight.

“The state government had made an announcement in December to acquire the land belonging to BUCC (Bandar Utama City Corporation) and to widen the road but right now, nothing has been done,” said Action Group Against Closure of Jalan Tanjung Bandar Utama chairman Mohamed Shukri Zain.

He said the traffic had worsened since school reopened and it took at least 20 to 30 minutes just to get onto the Sprint highway from Jalan Tanjung.

Slow drive: The barriers in front of 1 Tech Park is slowing down traffic because the guards would stop cars coming from Riana Green and give priority to cars turning in and out of the Tech Park.

“The other alternative is through the tunnel in Persiaran Tropicana and that is also jammed as traffic gets backed up at the BU11 and BU12 area in Lebuh Bandar Utama,” he said.

Residents had brought up the matter to the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) and had requested for the timing of the traffic lights to be changed but all to no avail.

Shukri also said it was not right for BUCC to place barriers and speed bumps in front of the 1 Tech Park because it was out of the boundaries of its private land.

“They have reduced the road to only one way going out and the guards would stop the traffic to give priority to cars going into and out of the 1 Tech Park and this slows down traffic,” said Shukri.

Cita Damansara Condominium joint management body committee member Kenneth Tan said the whole issue had created an “us against them” border mentality between Bandar Utama and Tropicana.

“It shouldn’t be the case because many of us use the road to go to Bandar Utama,” said Tan.

SJK(C) Damansara board chairman Michael Tang said most cars using the road in the morning were heading towards the highway.

“The shopping centres in Bandar Utama are not open until 10am so how can they say that we are bringing congestion into their neighbourhood?” asked Tang.

Shukri said they just wanted answers as to when the road would be opened and the current status of the land acquisition.

“We are pleading with the state government to speed up the process so that we don’t have to suffer anymore,” said Shukri.

Riana Green joint management body committee member Kong Chock Heng said they had earlier received a letter from the Land Office to attend a meeting because some portions of their land was required for the road expansion.

“However, the meeting was later called off because of some legal matters,” said Kong.

Riana Green resident Udo Kraus, who is a retired mechanical engineer, conducted a study on the time and resources wasted by fellow residents since the road was closed.

“We now have to travel an extra 4.5km distance when using the Persiaran Tropicana or an extra 6km using the Kota Damansara way,” said Kraus.

He said this took a lot of time and fuel wasted for residents of the 1,200-odd units since the road was closed in November.

When contacted, BUCC general affairs manager Paul Fernandez said they had already received the acquisition order from the Land Office but they had also obtained an order from the court to put everything on hold until the case management and hearing of their pending case has taken place.

“We can’t go against the land acquisition order and we are just asking for it to be put on hold until the court has listened to all parties involved,” said Fernandez.

Regarding the barriers in front of 1 Tech Park, he said BUCC had to put in place a traffic management system for the office tenants and the guards were put there to manage traffic.

As of press time, the MBPJ has yet to give a statement regarding the status of the road and the traffic lights timing.

Source : STAR

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Friday, December 11, 2009

Jalan Tanjung to be made public road

JALAN Tanjung in Bandar Utama, Petaling Jaya, which has been opened one way to motorists from Tropicana to Bandar Utama, is expected to be turned into a public road.

On Wednesday, the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) put up a signboard near the SJKC Damansara announcing the proposal to to turn it into a public road.

Members of the public who would like to submit their objections could do so during the 30-day objection period between Dec 7 and Jan 5.

The road connecting Bandar Utama to Tropicana and its surrounding areas was closed on Nov 16 by the Bandar Utama City Corporation because a piece of land in front of the 1-Tech Park was owned by them.

Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim had ordered the road to be reopened one-way for 14 days to ease traffic congestion and to facilitate a traffic study.

The council said it would make a statement on this issue after a meeting between mayor Datuk Mohamad Roslan Sakiman and the mentri besar yesterday.

A spokesman from the Bandar Utama City Corporation said they would close the road on Dec 15, in accordance with the agreement with MBPJ.


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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Jalan Tanjung Remains Open despite BU Residents Injunction

New Signage by MBPJ on Jalan Tanjung dated 7 December 2009

THE Shah Alam High Court has fixed March 18, 2010, for the Bandar Utama Residents Association’s (Bura) case against the Bandar Utama City Corporation (BUCC) and the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ).

Judicial Commissioner Datuk Zaleha Yusof fixed the date in chambers on Tuesday.

The residents had filed a writ summons and application for injunction against the defendents from reopening Jalan Tanjung in Bandar Utama, Petaling Jaya to motorists.

MBPJ was named as the first defendant with BUCC named as second defendant. The Selangor Mentri Besar was named as the first defendant.

Bura was represented by counsel Puthan Perumal while counsel Datuk Harpal Singh appeared for BUCC.

“We informed the judge that BUCC had re-opened the road since Dec 1 to facilitate a traffic study.

“And it was recorded by the court.

“There was no mention of the injunction at all,” said Harpal.

The residents had taken legal action against the defendants after the issue of reopening Jalan Tanjung met a dead end.

Despite their objection, the Selangor Mentri Besar had requested for the road to be reopened to facilitate a traffic study. The developer, BUCC had granted permission to the MBPJ to remove the barricades on Dec 1.

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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Jalan Tanjung Opens 1-way Today for 2 Weeks

A week after Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim made the announcement to re-open the road to ease traffic congestion, the Bandar Utama City Corporation (BUCC) had granted permission to the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) to remove the barricades on Monday night.

In an unexpected turn of events, the Bandar Utama Residents Association (Bura) representatives also showed up in front of the 1 Tech Park to prevent the road from being opened.

Bura chairman Datuk Manpal Singh had informed those present that they had at 6pm on Monday night filed a writ summons and application for injunction against BUCC and MBPJ to prevent them from opening the road.

Making their stand clear: The banners put up by Bandar Utama Residents Association around the Jalan Tanjung area calling for the road to be closed.

It was scheduled to be opened at 9pm but MBPJ officers and BUCC representatives debated the legality of opening it for more than an hour before deciding against it.

In the end, BUCC relented and re­opened the road at about 2.30am.

BUCC general affairs manager Paul Fernandez said they decided to reopen the road out of goodwill to facilitate the traffic study as requested by the Mentri Besar.

He said all legal matters would go ahead and they would attend the hearing fixed for Dec 8 at the Shah Alam High Court.

Meanwhile, the joint action group against the road closure headed by Tropicana Residents Association Mohamed Shukri Zain called for an emergency meeting yesterday morning at the Tropicana Golf and Country Resort to discuss the matter.

The group decided that they too would file an application for an injunction by Thursday but would discuss it with their solicitors on who to file it against.

About 50 people attended the meeting including those from Tropicana Residents Association, Riana Green, Citra Damansara, Palm Springs and Casa Tropicana.

During the meeting, some of the issues raised by the representatives of the joint action group included:

·The application of injunction filed by Bura, which would go against the Mentri Besar’s request to reopen the road to facilitate a traffic study;

·The setting up of a booth at the 1 Utama shopping centre by Bura to collect signatures for their petition to keep the road closed, raising questions to the credibility of the signatures collected; and

lThe putting up of banners along Jalan Tanjung to protest the reopening of the road by Bandar Utama residents, which is seen as in bad taste.

Meanwhile, the Selangor government thanked BUCC for re-opening Jalan Tanjung in Bandar Utama as agreed with the state, MBPJ and Dijaya Corporation at the meeting on Nov 22.

Khalid said as agreed at the meeting, the reopening of the road for two weeks would not prejudice the ongoing legal disputes between BUCC and Dijaya.

The move will now allow MBPJ to study the feasibility of widening Jalan Tanjung to a four-lane road from its current two-lane road.

He said this study was not limited to the widening of Jalan Tanjung and was part of a holistic traffic dispersal study to other access routes in search of long-term solutions to the problem of bad traffic conditions in Dama-nsara.

Apart from the reopening of Jalan Tanjung, MBPJ plans to implement the short-term measure to ease traffic congestion which includes reassigning the U-turn at the junction of Jalan Tropicana Selatan and Jalan Hilir Bandar Utama near a nursery further up in the area; and building a road to link Jalan PJU1A/1 in Ara Damansara to Persiaran Tropicana.

The state is committed to finding long-term measures to address the problem and will be calling all developers in Damansara to take part in the process.


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Monday, November 30, 2009

Jalan Tanjung still closed to traffic

THE controversial Jalan Tanjung in Bandar Utama, Petaling Jaya, is still closed to traffic despite a call by Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim to open up the road a week ago.

The decision was made by the mentri besar on Nov 22, after meeting Bandar Utama City Corporation (BUCC) and Dijaya Corporation Bhd, who were the developers of Bandar Utama and Tropicana Golf and Country Resort, respectively.

The road was closed on Nov 16 because the piece of land in front of the 1-Tech Park, on which the road passes through, is owned by BUCC.

Residents from Tropicana and the surrounding areas want the road opened while Bandar Utama residents are lobbying for it to remain closed.

When met during Malaysiakini’s 10th anniversary dinner on Saturday, Khalid said there was still an ongoing dispute between the two developers involved.

“I will try to resolve it on Monday (today) when I meet the two developers, as I know one had taken the case to court,” Khalid said.

He reiterated that the road would be open for one-way traffic after he had clarified the issue with both developers.

“It will be open for two weeks to allow commuters to use it as well as to ease the heavy traffic flow from Persiaran Tropicana to Lebuh Bandar Utama.

“We will also be looking at the feasibility of widening Jalan Tanjung to four lanes,” said Khalid.

When BUCC closed the road on Nov 16, it also announced that it had filed a suit in court to protect its rights.

BUCC director Datuk Teo Chiang Kok said they wanted assurances that the request to reopen the temporary one-way access for two weeks should not prejudice their court case with Tropicana.

Therefore, they had sought from Tropicana for confirmation that the reopening of the road would not prejudice the court case.

However, according to Teo, Tropicana had replied with a solicitor’s letter dated Nov 26 that they were “not privy to the discussions between Khalid and BUCC.”

“We are ready to reopen the temporary access for two weeks but this current impasse has made it impossible for us to do so,” said Teo.

Teo added that since the agreement between BUCC and Tropicana was in dispute, “all traffic plying the route after the reopening of the temporary access constituted a trespass and they had asked the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) to take out the appropriate public liability insurance to protect these trespassers.

According to a Dijaya spokesman, there were no such conditions set during the Nov 22 meeting between the Mentri Besar, Dijaya and BUCC.

“We have no knowledge of these conditions so we cannot agree to them,” he said.

He said the public liability insurance was a request made to MBPJ and they had received a copy of the request.

Commenting on the court action filed by BUCC, he said neither their lawyers nor the company had been served the summons regarding the Jalan Tanjung issue.

Source : STAR

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