The Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) has rescinded the Kebun-Kebun Bangsar community farm’s eviction notice and incorporated the community farm into the Local Agenda 21 plan (LA21).
In a statement, DBKL said the community farm has received a lot of support from the public for conducting agricultural educational activities for visitors. It has also received various grants from Khazanah Nasional and ThinkCity as a good “placemaking” initiative.
DBKL also said the Federal Territories Land and Mines Office wrote to it last month to say that it has approved a temporary occupation licence (TOL) for the site and alienated the land to the KL mayor for nursery and farming use.
The community farm was then incorporated into the city’s sustainable development blueprint, LA21.
DBKL said this came after a meeting between the representatives from the Land and Mines Office, Tenaga Nasional Bhd, Kebun-Kebun Bangsar, residents associations, and others stakeholders.
“Based on the meeting, Kebun-Kebun Bangsar was notified of DBKL’s decision for it to be streamlined into LA21 as a community farm.”
“Activities at the farm will continue to be periodically monitored by DBKL and related agencies,” it said in a statement.
Last month, Kebun-Kebun Bangsar was given an eviction order by the Federal Territories Land and Mines Office despite gaining Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob’s recognition and praise during a speech in conjunction with World Environment Day.
However, the Land and Mines Office said the community farm had violated the conditions of its TOL that prohibited the erection of permanent structures in the plot that was beneath TNB power transmission lines.
It added that they received several complaints from residents regarding pollution and nuisance, along with the unauthorised keeping of animals and livestock at the location.