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Published: Wednesday January 1, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Wednesday January 1, 2014 MYT 11:11:54 AM

Taman Beringin transfer station has begun operations

Work has started: The Taman Beringin transfer station has started operations a day earlier than promised and garbage trucks were seen going in and out of it. -Photo by P. NATHAN

Work has started: The Taman Beringin transfer station has started operations a day earlier than promised and garbage trucks were seen going in and out of it. -Photo by P. NATHAN

OPERATIONS at the Taman Beringin transfer station has started up a day before the promised deadline yesterday under Alam Flora. The company has temporarily taken over the station’s management after the previous operators left.

While it is back to functioning, the amount of reparation works that needs to be done is still being assessed.

Sources said the cost would likely be borne by various governmental agencies, depending on the equipment’s ownership.

This chain of events started on Dec 20 when station operation company Umpan Jaya Sdn Bhd left and locked the gates, causing frustrated garbage contractors to dump some 250 tonnes of collected waste along a stretch of the MRR2. It also resulted in massive congestion.

A transfer station is a rubbish collection point where waste is compacted and then loaded onto larger trucks for transportation to a landfill.

Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) roped in Alam Flora to help with the clean-up and the latter was eventually given the responsibility of running the station until a new operations company is appointed.

The local authority, as well as the National Solid Waste Management Department and the Solid Waste Management and Public Cleansing Corporation (PPSPPA) have also been patrolling and monitoring the area to ensure no garbage is indiscriminately dumped again.

It is learnt that DBKL’s enforcement officers who have been on duty at the site on a 24-hour basis since the incident, have been recalled as of yesterday.

Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Seri Ahmad Phesal Talib was reported saying the contractors who dumped the garbage on the roadside when they could not enter the station, faced a fine of between RM10,000 and RM100,000 or a jail sentence of six months to five years, or both.

This action will be taken under the Solid Waste and Public Cleansing Management Act 2007 (Act 672), which was gazetted in 2007, and enforced in 2011 by the PPSPPA.

Tags / Keywords: Central Region, transfer station Taman Beringin Kepong Kuala Lumpur Alam Flora DBKL

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