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Another stupidity from BN by using blasting method to dig tunner under KL downtown

How KL SMART tunnel was built? That was done by using undertunnel boring machine.

How MRT in Singapore and Beijing was built?

Not a single land acquisition except for stations, no idiots like UMNO cronies to use public safety to grab land from the rakyat.

Go hire Germany firm to dig undertunnel instead of using world war 2’s blasting method.

Our heritage is more important than nonsense safety, and such demolition can be avoided with right tunneling technique is used.

Acquisition is for people’s safety, says expert

The main reason for acquiring properties in Jalan Sultan in the Petaling Street area for the MRT project is because digging a tunnel underground will require blasting and this will affect buildings surrounding the site, said a geotechnical specialist with joint project partner MMC Gamuda.

Geotechnical specialist Dr Ooi Kean Hock said the acquisition and evacuation was for the safety of the people.

“There is a certain gradient that we need when digging tunnels and we are taking this into account,” he said.

Surveys would be carried out before, during and after the development of the MRT to ensure that buildings were not affected, he said at a meeting held to discuss land acquisition and compensation with property owners and traders in Jalan Sultan at Menara UOA in Bangsar yesterday.

The session was organised by project owner Prasarana and representatives from the Department of Lands and Mines (JKPTG) and the Valuation and Property Services Department (JPPH).

The residents, who have lived in Jalan Sultan for almost four generations, felt that they had been kept in the dark on the land acquisition and the proposed development of the Sungai Buloh-Kajang MY Rapid Transit Project.

Prasarana group director of project development division Zulkifli Mohd Yusoff said the announcement of the final alignment had initiated the acquisition process of properties to make way for the project.

Zulkifli said there were many stages which had to be taken into account before finalising the MRT route.

He stressed that it was important to take various factors into account including social input, journey travel time, ridership, station accessibility, land acquisition and intergration.

Zulkifli added that Prasarana and the parties concerned had also reviewed the scheme after obtaining feedback from the public before the MRT line was finalised by the Government.

He said a public display was made at DBKL for three months and this was followed by the land acquisition process managed by Land and Mines Department by informing affected land and property owners via E Form Notice.

“The notice serves to call the parties to a scheduled hearing during which issues concerning compensation, including loss of business, renovations and other factors will be discussed,” he said.

Zulkifli assured the people that the Government was sensitive towards their needs to conserve the culture and the heritage, but some sacrifices had to be made in efforts to solve the current transportation problem.

“Land owners can engage their own solicitors and evaluators. If they are not satisfied with the quantum of compensation awarded, they can appeal within six weeks.

“Once an award is confirmed, a notice will be sent to the Prime Minister’s Department for the release of the money and this will be paid to the affected land owner within three months of this notice,” he said.

He added that once the compensation was paid out, the authorities would proceed to take formal possession of the land.

Zulkifli said property owners would be given enough time to vacate their premises and that no undue hardship was caused to them.

Among the property owners who soke was Judy Lam. Lam, whose husband is a shareholder of Hotel Lok Ann in Jalan Sultan said destroying the pre-war shophouses would be destroying Chinatown itself.

“This is our culture and heritage. Our ancestors lived here. How can the Government put a price to our culture and heritage? she asked.

“We will fight till the end and we will stay put. Please do not take this heritage from us. We have sacrificed for the nation and we have contributed towards the economy.

“We have done our part. It is time for the Government to empathise us and do something. It doesn’t have to be the mentioned routes,” she said, stressing that the Chinatown is a long stretch from Chinese Assembly Hall to Tan Association.

More than 20 land and property owners turned up at the meeting and they were given the assurance by Prasarana that separate sessions will be held with the individuals to discuss the matter at length.

Construction of the 51km line will kick off in November when the first tender packages are awarded.

The project is estimated to be completed in 2016 and begin operations in January 2017.

Bukit Bintang MP Fong Kui Lun later handed over a protest letter to Zulkifli on behalf of the property owners.

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