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Published: Friday December 13, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Friday December 13, 2013 MYT 7:00:46 AM

Giving IWK a bad name

Illegal act: For over three years industrial waste is suspected to be channelled into the Sungai Kayu Ara from a vacant land, adjacent to Jalan SS4C/22 in Kelana Jaya. Authorities claim the tanks could be de-sludging industrial waste into the Sungai Kayu Ara and the tanks does not belong to IWK.

Illegal act: For over three years industrial waste is suspected to be channelled into the Sungai Kayu Ara from a vacant land, adjacent to Jalan SS4C/22 in Kelana Jaya. Authorities claim the tanks could be de-sludging industrial waste into the Sungai Kayu Ara and the tanks does not belong to IWK.

FOR more than three years, industrial waste is being washed into Sungai Kayu Ara from a vacant land adjacent to Jalan SS4C/22 in Kelana Jaya.

StarMetro was tipped off about the illegal activity by residents and business owners in the area.

Residents who were interviewed were under the impression that it was sewage being de-sludged into the river from tankers bearing the Indah Water Konsortium (IWK) logo.

However, based on further investigations by StarMetro, authorities have claimed the tankers do not belong to IWK and that the activity was illegal.

National Water Services Com­mission (SPAN) Central Region director Mohd Jalaludin Sulaiman said the tankers could be “tender lorries.”

“Based on our staff feedback, workers were washing the tankers and remnants of the industrial waste content from the tankers are being washed into the river.

“We have determined that the activity is not carried out by IWK but by some other contractors.

“They are not linked to IWK but the tankers still bear the IWK logo. The tankers could have been sold off by IWK and the new owner has not removed the logo,” said Mohd Jalaludin.

He added that IWK could inititate a legal suit against the tanker owners for marring the company’s name by carrying out the illegal activity using tankers bearing the IWK logo.

Mohd Jalaludin said the Environment Department (DOE) should also investigate the matter.

Indah Water Konsortium Com-munications senior manager Shahrul Nizam Sulaiman confirmed that the tankers did not belong to IWK.

The area is also used as a depot to repair and service the tankers.

Stray dogs were seen roaming at the site and made it impossible for this reporter to get a closer look.

However, a hose with the diameter of about 18cm was seen attached to the river from the site.

Lim Cheng Kiat, who lives in SS4, said the foul smell from the river heightened during the weekend.

He added that tankers were seen channelling wastewater into the river and residents had lodged reports with the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) on the matter.

Lim said at times there were up to five tankers parked at the site.

“We have informed the MBPJ but there has been no end to this problem,” he said.

Restaurant owners from the neighbourhood also claimed that whenever the de-sludging activity took place, a bad odour lingered in the air.

The activity takes place daily but is more frequent on weekends.

“My customers often complain about the smell and it is affecting our business,” said a restaurant owner wished to be known as Lim.

MBPJ Health and Environment Department director Dr Chitra Devi N. Vadivellu said the matter would be investigated.

When StarMetro visited the site there were about three tankers parked at the vacant land.

A hose was connected from the edge of the site to the river.

However during StarMetro’s visit there were no de-sludging activities taking place.

The Selangor Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID) has also been notified on the issue.

The state DID corporate department deputy director Nor Hafizah Mohd Suhadis said DID would investigate.

Tags / Keywords: Central Region, Family & Community, iwk

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