The Star: SSP MRT land acquisition in progress

Progress briefing: Mass Rapid Transit Corp strategic communications and stakeholder relations director Datuk Najmuddin Abdullah (right), Serdang MP Ong Kian Ming and Maslan (partly hidden) at the media briefing on SSP MRT line projecy progress for Serdang and Seri Kembangan area.
Progress briefing: Mass Rapid Transit Corp strategic communications and stakeholder relations director Datuk Najmuddin Abdullah (right), Serdang MP Ong Kian Ming and Maslan (partly hidden) at the media briefing on SSP MRT line projecy progress for Serdang and Seri Kembangan area.

SERI KEMBANGAN: Land acquisition for the Sungai Buloh-Serdang-Putrajaya (SSP) mass rapid transit line is in progress, with about 15% of the process already completed.

The deputy project director of the MMC Corp Bhd and Gamuda Bhd joint venture, Maslan Othman, said court hearings were ongoing for about 45 “priority lots” of private land required for the project.

The hearings are done in stages and can take months to complete.

Of the total area for the project, 761 lots or 81% is government land, while the balance 471 lots or 19% is privately-owned land.

“At the moment, the hearings are ongoing. The first few lots have been awarded.

“The land acquisition process is handled by the Department of Director-General of Lands and Mines on behalf of the Government.

“Once the acquisition is done, we go in to do the construction,” he told a media briefing yesterday.

He said the acquisitions were done on a scheduled basis, according to the progress of the SSP line.

Land on which construction will start soon will be categorised as priority lots, which means acquisition has to be done the soonest possible.

“The length of the alignment is 52.2km in total, and of this, there are many packages.

“Based on the work schedule, the Government will know which land acquisitions need to be done first, and which ones can be done later,” he said.

As for the government-owned lots, he said most of the lots were ready for use.

He said a few lots which were currently being utilised by the police and the Public Works Department, for example, needed to be redesignated.

The Star – 5 July 2016 | P. Aruna

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