16 June 2015

KL approved 27,000 affordable homes since March

  16 June 2015
KUALA LUMPUR (June 14): The Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) has approved the construction of 27,000 housing units under the affordable housing project, "Rumah Mampu Milik Wilayah Persekutuan" (Rumawip) since March this year.



Kuala Lumpur mayor Tan Sri Ahmad Phesal Talib (pictured) said the construction of affordable housing units involved an initiative from the private sector through land provided by the federal government.

Besides that, he said, the government also offered a further incentive to developers who agreed to build affordable housing by increasing the population density.

"As it is now, we have begun offering any developer up to 1,000 people per acre... Previously, it was 240 people per acre.

"This means, if they (developers) want to make affordable homes, we (DBKL) will allow the population density on the land to be increased to 1,000 people per acre," he said after opening the MyCommunity carnival in Desa Rejang, Setiawangsa, in Kuala Lumpur, today.

Phesal pointed out that a lack of affordable housing projects in the capital was because of the high cost of land ownership, in addition to land scarcity.

"Therefore, we are encouraging developers to build medium and low-cost houses, while providing comprehensive facilities in each residence," he said.

Phesal also said that DBKL would spend some RM50 million to build public housing estates equipped with parking facilities at Taman Muhibah.

The carnival, co-organised by DBKL, is an initiative to implement community development programmes among various agencies, in line with the national transformation programme.
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