Volunteers cleaning up the beach during the Penang Beach
GEORGE TOWN: A river and marine pollution task force has been set up to tackle pollution in water bodies of Penang, said State Local Government, Traffic Management and Flood Mitigation Committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow.
According to Chow, the task force was formed following several cases of polluted water in Batu Ferringhi and other beaches in the popular tourism belt.
Chow said the task force comprised representatives from the state Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID), Penang Municipal Council, Seberang Jaya Municipal Council and the Department of Environment.
Others include representatives from district offices, the state Economic Planning Unit, Public Works Department, state Fisheries Department, state Agriculture Department and state Veterinary Services Department.
“They will check for the source when water pollution is detected – whether from the indiscriminate disposal of garbage from wet markets or if a sewage treatment plant is responsible.
“They will also look for industrial or commercial waste.
“They will then present their findings and also propose ways to tackle the issue,” added Chow during a press conference here yesterday.
On improving drainage, Chow said an allocation had been approved for DID to carry out desilting of rivers in Batu Ferringhi, Sungai Kechil and Sungai Kelian.