Date : 30 Sept 2017
Venue : Taman Tugu Site
Works at the 2.5-acre Community Area of the Taman Tugu park encompassing a new Surau-Jumaat, living quarters and a food stall area has commenced.
The new Surau-Jumaat which is targeted for opening by Merdeka 2018 is intended to serve the community better and will replace the existing Madrasah Bustanul Ulum (”MBU”) which is widely used especially during Solat Jumaat. It will be purpose built for a capacity of up to 2,000-pax including the outdoor prayer areas and will be more easily accessible as it will be located at the intersection of Jalan Sultan Salahauddin and Jalan Berjasa. The design and requirements of the new Surau-Jumaat has been developed in discussions with Majlis Agama Islam Wilayah Persekutuan (”MAIWP”) and Jabatan Agama Islam Wilayah Persekutuan (”JAWI”) who have approved the plans. Note that Madrasah Bustanul Ulum will continue to be in use until the newly built Surau-Jumaat is up and running.
In ensuring the preservation and conservation of the community area site, 23 trees will be retained, 4 will be transplanted and 4 will be removed – one of the 4 trees to be removed is a large Pulai tree which has decayed over time and could pose a threat to public safety. Retention, transplanting and removal of trees are as guided by the Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (”FRIM”) and approved by Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (”DBKL”). Additionally, more than 200 small trees/plants have been salvaged via transplanting activities conducted by the Malaysian Nature Society (”MNS”) – these trees/plants are currently housed at the MNS nursery and will be brought back to the site upon completion of the construction. As part of the forest regeneration efforts, more than 50 forest species trees will be added to the community area site; this includes critically endangered species.
The works on site will also entail protection of the slopes where the ground cover plants have been removed to enable the slopes to be treated and to accomodate the required size of the new Surau-Jumaat. All ground work is being done in compliance with the Environmental Management Plan approved by Jabatan Alam Sekitar, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur as part of the Environmental Impact Assessment (“EIA”) Report.