Thursday, August 02, 2012

MRT in KL Chinatown - no demolition of lots

MRT Corporation reassured Chinatown traders that it will make good on Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s promise not to acquire or demolish any private properties along the iconic Jalan Sultan here for the Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) project.

Amir Mahmood Razak, its strategic communications and public relations director, told a media briefing in Kuala Lumpur that despite the many grouses raised by property owners along the iconic street, MRT Corp is still keen on engaging with them to strike mutual agreements (MA).

A group of Chinatown traders had last month demanded a signed undertaking from Putrajaya to ensure their properties would not be touched during construction of the multibillion ringgit rail line.

The traders complained that although the government had previously promised not to acquire their properties for the project, no one has since offered any confirmation.

As of June this year, the owners of 20 out of 24 properties on Jalan Sultan have agreed to sign Points of Agreement with MRT Corp, agreeing to vacate their premises for six months to facilitate the MRT’s underground works.

Amir added that the traders may not even have to move out of their properties during construction of the MRT underground, despite the initial proposal that they vacate their premises for six months.

A technical team is currently carrying out a survey on the condition of the buildings on Jalan Sultan to determine if they would remain structurally safe for occupation during construction works below.

Continue reading..MRT Corp insists no plans to acquire, demolish Chinatown lots

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