Tuesday, May 19, 2009

KL Rivers

River of filth: Sg Keroh at Tm Sri Segambut when i visited last week
Water Quality Index shown in the Draft Kuala Lumpur 2020 City Plan
Kuala Lumpur Structure Plan 2020 (KLSP2020), which was gazetted in 2004, laid down official measures to improve river quality. Water Quality Index (WQI) of KL rivers, according to KLSP2020, is between 51.9 and 76.5 whereby index below 80 is considered polluted.
4 years after KLSP2020 was announced to be public policies, DBKL spent millions not on tackling river pollution but to come out with another greater plan called Draft Kuala Lumpur 2020 City Plan (Draft KLCP2020) in May 2008. A 2004 river water quality status report was used in Draft KLCP2020 which gave a poorer result than in KLSP2020 (refer chart above).
The 2 plans were conceived during Zulhasnan Rafique’s term as FT minister. Will the new minister Raja Nong Chik carries on his predecessor’s policies or will he idea another grand plan while our city’s rivers become mere conduits of sewages?
Lim Lip Eng

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