THE state government through the State Planning Authority (SPA) has approved 12 housing projects with a total of 1,209 residential houses in Tupong constituency.
Deputy Minister of Urban Planning, Land Administration, and Environment Datuk Len Talif Salleh said 540 units are affordable houses comprising of People’s Special Housing Scheme (SPEKTRA) Lite, SPEKTRA Medium, PUTERA and Sri Pertiwi.
He assured that approval for all projects have taken into consideration the needs of relevant agencies and technical departments to ensure the comfort and well-being of the locals.
Adding on, he said developers or contractors are required to get approval before commencing construction process.
“As such, road permits include restricted route permits from the local authority namely the Kuching North City Commission (DBKU) in this context and Public Works Department (JKR) for transportation of rocks and construction materials.
“Moreover, the government through the Land and Survey Department (JTS) as well as other enforcement agencies are constantly monitoring to ensure that these activities are complying with the laws and conditions set to minimise the disruption to the local population,” he said.
He said this when replying to Fazzrudin Abdul Rahman (GPS-Tupong) on the question of housing development projects in Tupong, at the State Legislative Assembly (DUN) sitting here today.
When asked about the ministry’s role and responsibilities in ensuring developers and contractors comply with all rules and regulations set by the SPA, Len said the implementing agency through the Engineering Plan Committee chaired by the divisional Land and Survey Department can conduct compliance investigation visit.
“If there is non-compliance with the conditions of the engineering plan approval, an immediate action complaint such as ‘Stop Work Order’ will be issued by the implementing agency. During that period, the developer is required to stop construction work and carry out improvement measures,” he explained.
On the number of Affordable Housing Scheme (RMM) that should be provided by private developers for housing development, he stated that the percentage would be according to the size of the project.
“For an area of 10 to 13.5 acres, the developer must provide approximately 15 percent RMM of the total number of residential units built.
“As for a development of 13.6 to 17 acres, the developer will need to provide approximately 20 percent of the RMM while an area of 17 to 20 acres it would be approximately 25 percent.
“The developer must provide 30 percent of RMM for the development of 20 acres and above,” he added.