A PROPOSED location for a crematorium has been identified in Bukit Antarabangsa, which happens to be the first such facility in Ampang Jaya, Selangor.
Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) has proposed to build the crematorium on a 4ha land in between Taman Wangsa Ukay and Taman Andaman Ukay.
According to MPAJ, the site is currently gazetted as a Chinese/Buddhist burial site and the land can be used for a crematorium.
Selangor local government, public transportation and new village development committee chairman Ng Sze Han said this was only a proposed site and a feasibility study would be done before any plans were finalised.
"The plot has been reserved as a burial site since the 1950s and is even in MPAJ's local plan.
"At the moment, this is the only suitable location for such a facility," he said after a site visit.
He stressed that new technologies and methods would be employed to minimise disturbances to surrounding areas.
"It will not be possible to avoid proximity to any development as Ampang Jaya is a saturated area," he explained.
"But, through careful design and planning, we can reduce disruption to residents," he added.
Allaying concerns of nearby residents, MPAJ president Mohd Fauzi Mohd Yatim said it would not be too close to homes as there was sufficient buffer zone between the site and surrounding residential areas.
"It is a large site and we can allocate a wider buffer zone.
"A feasibility study will be completed by next year and it will take about two years to build if the project goes through," he said, adding that no budget had been allocated for the project yet.
Ng welcomed residents' feedback as all parties would need to work together to see the project to fruition.
"The Covid-19 pandemic has shown that it is important to have such facilities in place.
"Which is why the state government has instructed all local councils to identify and allocate a budget to build a crematorium within their area," he said.
During a state assembly session last month, the Selangor government announced that three more crematoriums would be built in the state with a two-year date of completion target.
Planning permission for two crematoriums in Ijok and Jeram under Kuala Selangor Municipal Council and another in Mukim Beranang by Kajang Municipal Council (MPKj) have been approved.
Currently, there are seven crematoriums in Selangor — two each under Shah Alam City Council and Petaling Jaya City Council, and one crematorium each under Subang Jaya City Council, Klang Municipal Council and Sepang Municipal Council.
There are two other proposed crematoriums on a 2.02ha land in Jalan Serdang Belah, Sungai Buaya in Mukim Tanjung Dua Belas, Kuala Langat, as well as in Mukim Hulu Kelang, Ampang.
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