Plan targeted at tackling problem of land scarcity for housing

Plan targeted at tackling problem of land scarcity for housing

KUALA LUMPUR - There is a plan to build a city specifically for the youth and offer them affordable homes.

Dubbed the Youth City (Bandar Belia), the location is targeted along the edge of Klang Valley and promises connectivity into the city centre via mass transit system and highways.

Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan said the plan was presented at a National Blue Ocean Strategy meeting recently.

The Government, he said, was at the preliminary stage of discussion and was currently conducting a study to engage stakeholders.

"We are not only looking at building the city in the peninsula but also in Sabah and Sarawak," Rahman said at the opening of the World Class Sustainable Cities Conference here yesterday.

The Youth City, he said, was a long-term plan, targeted at tackling the problem of land scarcity for housing. "There is not much land anymore belonging to the state or Federal Government."

Rahman also said youths, defined as "40 years old and below", were eligible and that the house prices would be capped at an affordable rate.

"However, there are certain things that you have to sacrifice, such as the size; something like a studio or hostel housing concept," he pointed out. "However, that is why it is suitable for the young generation as they do not have big families."

Several locations have been considered including former hotspots for housing areas.

"There are places that were vibrant and lively but fell off the grid as new highways emerged, resulting in people being directed elsewhere," said Rahman.

"We are also considering undeveloped places so that the city could be built from scratch like Putrajaya and Cyberjaya to ensure that it is more organised," he said.

"It is easier to make the city more sustainable if you build from scratch rather than rebuilding it from an old city."

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