Saturday, May 1, 2010

Stubborn residents mar ponds

Dumping ground: The water from Sungai Keroh flowing into the polluted pond.

Source: (By PRIYA MENON, 1/5/2010)

Rrsidents near the Segambut Keretaapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB) station are still dumping their domestic waste into three ponds in the area even after the matter was highlighted to the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL). The ponds have been dumping grounds for nearby residents and industrial companies for more than 10 years now.

On March 12, StarMetro ran a story on the ponds after the issue was highlighted by Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng. When contacted, Lim said the garbage problem still persisted and City Hall had only trimmed the bushes surrounding the area. “They have only cleared up the bushes but they have not tackled the issue at all. “The dumpsite is still there, what are they (DBKL) planning to do?” asked Lim. He also suggested that the ponds be turned into a recreational park for the people in the area. However, he has yet to receive a reply from DBKL on the matter. “I previously suggested that the area be turned into a park so that it will help control the illegal dumping. It will also serve as a wonderful place for families to patronise,” he added. The ponds were never discovered until recently after a link road between Jalan Kepong and Jalan Segambut was opened. Lim said industrial waste, domestic waste and animal carcasses were among the things that had been dumped into the ponds. Sungai Keroh is the source of the ponds’ water.

When contacted DBKL corporate communication manager Anwar Mohd Zain said the City Hall were looking into the matter.

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