Water pollution in Selangor will be resolved next year – MB

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Menteri Besar of Selangor, Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari at the Selangor SUK Assembly Square for to hand over subsidies on the Selangor Roda Darul Ehsan (RiDE) initiative. PIX: MalaysiaGazette
Menteri Besar of Selangor, Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari at the Selangor SUK Assembly Square for to hand over subsidies on the Selangor Roda Darul Ehsan (RiDE) initiative. PIX: MalaysiaGazette

By Shawaliah Hadir

SHAH ALAM – The Selangor government will kick off four special projects to overcome water pollution incidences with an allocation of RM200 million in January 2021.

The Menteri Besar of Selangor, Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari said that the state government is evaluating the proposals, including to call in independent experts to assess the effectiveness of the projects.

“Besides offering our projects, we are also re-evaluating proposals including to get independent experts as we want proposals that are truly effective. It would be most effective for us to transfer water from the muka sauk into the water treatment plants so that the supply will not be disrupted for at least five days. In cases like Rantau Panjang and HORAS 600, they can last for 100 days.

“It looks easy but we need 15 months. Tender is almost completed, we will expedite it while respecting the tender process,” he said.

In the Selangor Budget 2021, Amirudin announced an RM200 million allocation for the implementation of four special projects to overcome the water pollution incidences in the state.

The project will be implemented beginning this year and is expected to complete in 18 months.

Meanwhile, when asked to comment about the Global 2020 award under the Public Water Agency of the Year for Pengurusan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (Air Selangor) recently, he did not reject the capability of the organisation in managing the largest water account in the South East Asia region as one of the factor for the recognition

“You need to ask the people who give this award. We are the largest water account manager in the South East Asia region and we also presented our report every year. Therefore, the recognition is based on our ability in managing supplies,” he added.

The award became an argument in the social media as most people were not satisfied as they alleged that Air Selangor is not very effective in resolving water supply problems in the state. –MalaysiaGazette

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