By Conrad Egbert
Nakheel confirms plans to run a road through the development as residents receive warning
Developer Nakheel and Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) have drawn up plans for a road that will run through the The Gardens residential development, Construction Week has learned.
A source from Nakheel, which developed The Gardens, confirmed that the road will form part of the wider East and West Parallel Road plan and will be built through the development, although its precise location is yet to be finalised.
“There are currently several options on the table for the proposed West Parallel Road that will affect The Gardens area and we have given our input to the RTA for its consideration,” said a spokesperson from Nakheel.
A letter sent out to the residents on behalf of the developer suggested that around 12 buildings may have to be demolished in order to make way for the new road.
“While nothing has been finalised by the RTA, as a precautionary measure, residents living in buildings that may be affected by the proposed road are only having their leases renewed until the end of June. We are informing residents this week of the present position,” added the Nakheel spokesperson.
The East and West Parallel Road scheme has been drawn up by the RTA to implement additional roads between the major arterial routes. It will run from Zabeel to Jebel Ali, and will be roughly parallel to Sheikh Zayed Road falling between the arterial highway and Al Khail/Emirates Road.
“Nakheel asked us to send notices to the tenants of the buildings that may be affected to give them ample time to make alternative arrangements,” said a representative for The Gardens’ management.
Leases will not be renewed beyond June this year for residents living in buildings including 1, 2, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 35, 36, 38 and 39.
“I moved in only a month ago and now I’ve been asked to move again,” said a tenant from building 17.
“I’ve furnished my flat accordingly and had planned for the long term. It only makes Dubai even more unstable than it already is for people to live in and such decisions by developers will affect their reputation in the property market sooner or later.”
Last year, when plans for the East Parallel road that will cut through the Springs and the Meadows were announced, it created an uproar among the residents who had bought property there.
Jack Pearce, steering committee vice chairperson, Meadows & Springs Resident Group, said: “Whilst we clearly support the idea [of the Parallel Road scheme], the current high-level studies should be reconciled and made workable at a localised level. From what we’ve seen so far, it’s not clear that this advice has been given to the RTA. It’s apparent that the West Parallel Road affects communities other than our own. Given the impact of the East Parallel Road on the Meadows and Springs, more attention should be paid to it.
“If these schemes are applied without this sort of consultation, Dubai LLC risks undermining international investor confidence on a significant scale.”
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