By Mohd Farhan Darwis
CHERAS, Feb 9 — Selayang local council is yet to deliver the final report of the state's investigation on the controversial Batu Caves condominium project, Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim said today.
The Selayang Municipal Council (MPS) announced last Friday that they will be sending a letter to revoke the planning permits for the Batu Caves Dolomite Park Avenue condominium project within a week, after Selangor decided the stop the project citing safety concerns.
"The state government has asked Selayang's authorities to deliver all reports regarding the Dolomite's application, and the steps behind their application," Abdul Khalid (picture) told reporters here.
"The matter will also be tabled in a state planning meeting .... Selangor has not received any reports from MPS so far."
According to MPS last week, the council itself is waiting for a full report of the investigation by the Town and Country Planning Department.
Abdul Khalid's remark follows a request yesterday by Dolomite Corp Bhd, the developer of the Batu Caves Dolomite Park Avenue Condominium project, urging the Selangor state government to review its decision to cancel the project.
Dolomite Corp's managing director Lew Choong Keong said the company was disappointed with the state government for cancelling the development order for the project without any prior notice or consultation with the developer.
The luxury 29-storey Dolomite Park Avenue condominium project turned controversial as it is close to the Batu Caves temple, a religious focal point of Hindus.
The project, with a gross development value of RM248 million, also drew criticism from many quarters on the negative impact the development could have on the Batu Caves temple and the world's tallest Lord Murugan statue which is located at the foot of the hill.
Independent engineering consulting company, G&P Geotechnics Sdn Bhd, has classified the case as a "no harm" project.
Its managing director, Dr Gue See Sew, said piling and basement construction work in the project would have negligible impact, where no specific mitigation measure was required.