A satellite image of the Carrefour project site, which lies at the lower-half of the green patch in the middle. The school juts into the green, immediately above the project site. Residents fear that the narrow road on the perimeter of the patch could be converted into a one-way street when congestion increases.
About a hundred Kota Damansara folks staged a protest next to the construction site for Carrefour hypermarket yesterday. They have been campaigning against the project in their area since November 2007.
This is the latest protest against the project. In April 2008, about 400 residents staged a similar protest.
They fear that the hypermarket, located just next to the primary school, would lead to congestion in the neighbourhood, sound pollution, and more traffic being diverted to the entrance to the school, thus endangering the safety of pupils and disrupting their learning environment.
A spokesperson said they now felt compelled to take the matter to Court. The residents’ associations of Gugusan Dedap and D’Villa Avenue, the parents-teachers association of the school and a resident (who was not served with the Borang A Notice by MBPJ) filed a legal suit in the Shah Alam High Court against MBPJ and the Selangor State Government on 20 March, 2009. They are seeking a declaration that the approval granted by the town council and the project is illegal and contains procedural impropriety and is therefore invalid. They are also hoping to obtain a ruling that the lifting of a stop work order was illegal and void and an injunction to restrain the council from allowing the project.
The residents are claiming that the council had overlook a house at 2 Jalan Kenyalang 11/6G, which lies within the 66 feet ruling when serving notices to neighbouring properties. They also claim that the council had failed to abide by the prescribed period of 21 days as stated in the Borang A Notice when it approved the planning permission on 24 September 2007 (before the expiry of the 21-day period).
Community representatives are also planning to lobby Carrefour in France to find out if the project is in line with the business group’s corporate social responsibility practices.