The infamous Highland Towers condominium in Taman Hillview, Hulu Kelang, which was being abandoned for over 28 years will finally be demolished soon.
Highland Towers made it’s name for the unfortunate tragedy that happened on 11 December 1993, when one of the three condominium towers collapsed and took 48 lives.
Ever since then, the site has been abandoned and has become a hotspot for drug addicts and many social problems sprouted for the local residents.
According to Harian Metro, Housing and Local Government Minister, Datuk Zuraida Kamaruddin had announce the demolishing of Highland Towers at a press conference after officiating the One Life Campaign at Ampang Glasshouse yesterday (8 April).
According to her, a works visit was conducted at the condominium site last Tuesday before the next process should be taken.
“Thankfully, after 28 years we have managed to settle all the legal processes involved and the site can be cleaned and the building can be demolished. This decision will definitely be a great news to the local residents.” she said.
Zuraida added that they are currently waiting for permission from the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) before they start cleaning the site.
Zuraida also informed that an application for an allocation of RM8.9 million for the acquisition of 0.81 hectares of land at the site has been submitted to the Economic Planning Unit, Prime Minister’s Department.
“Demolition works for the existing buildings and the clearing of the area will be done after the payment of land compensation is completed and it is expected to be accomplished in the near future,” she said.
“Appropriate development projects will be implemented at the site to optimise the use of the existing land more effectively,” she added.
Back in September 2020, Zuraida proposed that a recreational park should be developed in the area when the Highland Towers is being demolished, as this area is not suitable for housing construction.
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