Reviving Gombak Villa, safety first

The new developer of the abandoned Gombak Villa project and Selayang Municipal Council are now tasked to ensure the safety of four houses located below the condominiums.

Selangor exco in squatters Iskandar Samad (above, in blue shirt) said a high retention wall of the condominium faces the houses directly and inspection works should be done on the wall when reviving the project.

“Amenities like swimming pool are supposed to be built on the top of the wall, so I required MPS and the developer to make sure that it won’t lead to a collapse,” he told media after a visit to the location today.

A total of RM34 million will be invested by the new developer Koternak (Livestock Breeders and Importers Co-operative Malaysia Limited) to revive the condominium project which was launched in 1997.

Koternak chairman Jagjit Singh expected the project to be fully completed within 12 months.

He said Koternak was appointed by Malayan Banking Berhad to revive the project a year ago as initial developer Aga Development Sdn Bhd went into liquidation in 1999 and halted all constructions.

The project is built on a Bumiputera reserve land and comprised of 222 units of condominiums, four pant houses and four shops.

Jagjit said while 110 units were sold in the past, the remaining units will be sold on market value, which is about RM260,000 a unit.

“As for purchasers who have bought it at RM140,000 before, there won’t be any top up needed,” the  former banker said.

Iskandar, meanwhile, asked the developer to renew the building submission plan, to contact Syabas and TNB for utilities facilities and to clear the tax arrears in stages.