On June 23, Kebun-Kebun Bangsar, a community farm in the area, received a notice asking them to vacate the plot of land.
This has caused a big issue as the community farm is well-loved by many people from all walks of life. Some love it as it helps them to destress when volunteering there, while others are grateful for the educational experience they get when helping out.
The vegetables from the farm are also given out to underprivileged people.
In a statement by DBKL, they acknowledged that Kebun-Kebun Bangsar has received a lot of support from the community and is a farm that should be exemplified.
“Kebun-Kebun Bangsar, operating since October 2016, is an exemplary project for gardening activities using TNB’s power lines reserve land and should be emulated if carried out following the rules and conditions set.”
They added: “Various activities have been carried out to become a successful model garden, visited by various local and foreign delegations besides receiving various grants from Khazanah Nasional and ThinkCity for a good placemaking initiative.”
Hence, they stated that they would follow the decision of the Federal Territory Land Working Committee, which approved a temporary occupancy licence (TOL) for KKB to operate for nursery and gardening, as reported by BERNAMA.
In a meeting on July 15 chaired by the DBKL executive director (Planning), with Kebun-Kebun Bangsar, stakeholders, representatives of residents’ associations, TNB, and the Land and Mines Office; DBKL has decided to put the farm as a partner of the Local Agenda 21 Kuala Lumpur (LA21KL).
“Therefore, activities in the orchard will be monitored by DBKL and related agencies from time to time.”
In a Facebook post by the farm, they say that the eviction order has been rescinded and it is business as usual at Kebun-Kebun Bangsar.
We’re so grateful that the local government listened to the community’s voice! We hope that Kebun-Kebun Bangsar will be able to flourish and nurture more young minds.
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