KL High Court dismisses Taman Desa residents’ stay application to halt condominium project

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PETALING JAYA (Feb 6): The Kuala Lumpur High Court has dismissed the stay application filed by the Taman Desa residents to stop a high-rise residential development named The Address in Taman Desa pending a judicial review.

In addition, costs of RM10,000 have been awarded to the defendants by High Court judge Datuk Wira Kamalludin Md, who is also the judge for the Taman Rimba Kiara case.

According to a statement today, Protect Taman Desa Coalition said the stay order application was made by the residents when the developer of the project continued construction despite the residents having filed a judicial review with the outcome pending at the High Court.

The residents had filed for a judicial review against Kuala Lumpur City Hall’s (DBKL) decision to grant a development order as the project involved the construction of three 30-storey condominium towers on a narrow strip of TNB reserve land, which is surrounded by three schools and low rise condominiums of no more than 13 storeys.

DBKL had also allowed the developer to increase the density of the area to 650 people per acre from the current 60 people per acre.

“The residents are very disappointed with the decision as a crane had collapsed on Jan 24, 2018 with part of it falling into the compound of Tiara Faber Condominium, damaging a structure. The crane collapse was a nightmare come true incident which is feared by the residents living in the surroundings,” the statement read.

The falling crane incident proves how small the project site is, said spokesperson Khong Kam Yin.

“There is insufficient set-back for such a project within a mature residential area,” he added.

“Will it take an incident involving injuries and loss of life for the authorities to realise that such development projects are unsustainable?”

“It appears that authorities place economic returns over safety and wellbeing of people. This is a very sad day for humanity especially so when Kuala Lumpur is the venue for the 9th World Urban Forum,” the statement concluded.