From what I hear, the project work going on outside Komtar, in which trees were hacked, has been undertaken without the approval of the council.
This is part of a priority project to upgrade Komtar which, I gather, will probably see the area near the large outdoor staircase being turned into F & B outlets.
The upgrading work is to be undertaken by a private firm, believed to be a hypermarket.
An application for the upgrading work was submitted to the one-stop centre (OSC) last November.
But, from what I understand, the only approval given was for some retiling work. If that is what the ongoing work is all about, surely they could have left the trees alone. A related question is, will the upgrading work reduce public space?
How could trees be chopped at the door-step of the state government and the council?
Could the state authorities clarify if approval has been given for the upgrading work now going on. Even though the state government may view the Komtar upgrading as a priority project, they shouldn’t be chopping trees just like that, especially if the approval was only for retiling.