Kuala Lumpur City Hall (Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur)
Kuala Lumpur City Hall (Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur) (DBKL) is responsible for performing its local government obligations namely, city planning / transportation and traffic management / economic development / street lighting / river and drainage maintenance / construction and maintenance of public housing / provision of public facilities / cultural and sporting activities / environmental protection / disaster prevention / public works / public cleanliness / public health / parks administrator.
With a total area of 243.65 sq km and a city population of 1.78 million, urban planning in Kuala Lumpur is guided by the Kuala Lumpur Structure Plan 2020. The plan contains the vision, goals, policies and proposals to guide the development of Kuala Lumpur over the next 20 years. Kuala Lumpur City Hall envisions Kuala Lumpur to be a world class city by 2020. The vision and goal of Kuala Lumpur has been formulated with the aim of creating a sustainable city.
Kuala Lumpur’s birth started as a small tin mining town not more than 150 years ago, where tin was discovered and a settlement was established at the confluence of the Klang and Gombak rivers. The town prospered and grew in importance under the British Colonial administration. On independence in 1957, Kuala Lumpur became the seat of the Federal Government and the location of the headquarters of Ministries and Federal Departments. In 1972, Kuala Lumpur was raised as city status where City Hall was established. Kuala Lumpur was declared a Federal Territory on 1st February.
Kuala Lumpur is known as the “Garden City of Lights”. The City is rich with its abundant flora and fauna. The buildings are nestled amongst green trees and shrubs especially along major roads and are being well-lighted up at night. It is a blend of modern architectural buildings with landmarks like the Petronas Twin Towers in KLCC (Kuala Lumpur City Centre), the Kuala Lumpur Tower at Bukit Nenas area and KL Sentral at Brickfields and colonial architectural touch like the Kuala Lumpur Railway Station.