Council seeks fund to clean up Klang River | Selangor Times
Issue 118


Council seeks fund to clean up Klang River
Writer: Gan Pei Ling
Published: Fri, 03 Aug 2012

KLANG: The Klang Municipal Council (MPK) is applying for RM500,000 from the state to clean up the Klang River, which has seen more rubbish floating ashore.

Clean-up work in progress along the Klang River to rid it of its image of being an eyesore.

“It’s an eyesore,” said MPK acting president Ikhsan Mukri at the full-board meeting on Tuesday. 

The Klang Drainage and Irrigation Department attributes the increased amount of trash flowing downstream to the faulty rubbish traps upstream in Shah Alam. 

Ikhsan said the council planned to purchase 10 boats and hire fishermen to help scoop up the trash over the next few months.

MPK had conducted a two-day clean-up operation last month and collected around 10 tonnes of rubbish.

The council estimates there are between 500 to 1,000 tones of garbage floating along the river. 

“The water quality of the river is bad, but now it’s worse,” said Ikhsan. 

MPK had submitted the working paper to apply for RM500,000 to clean up the river to the State Economic Action Council and it is now being reviewed at the treasury. 

The 110km-long Klang River stretches along not just Klang, but Shah Alam, Subang Jaya, Petaling Jaya, Selayang, Ampang Jaya and Kuala Lumpur as well.

Its water quality is usually classified between Class III to IV, with Class I being the best quality, and therefore not drinkable.


 Selangor Times



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