Signed and sealed: Dr Ongkili (seated left) and Khalid signing the 'heads of agreement' document between the federal and Selangor governments. - Bernama
PUTRAJAYA: The Langat 2 water treatment plant project is targeted for completion as early as mid-2017, bringing a glimmer of hope amidst fears of an impending water crisis in the Klang Valley.
Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili represented the Federal Government while Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim signed on behalf of Selangor.
Also present were Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal, Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Minister Datuk Hasan Malek as well as Ongkili’s deputy, Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid.
Ongkili said the agreement was an extension of the memorandum of understanding signed by both parties on Feb 26 to build the Langat 2 Water Treatment Plant and its distribution system.
“Most of the MoU contents have been detailed under the agreement today and several key matters have already been implemented,” said Ongkili.
He said the restructuring and taking over of concessionaires had been started by Selangor through Kumpulan Darul Ehsan Bhd, which had offered to take over Konsortium ABASS Sdn Bhd, Syarikat Bekalan
Air Selangor Sdn Bhd, Puncak Niaga Sdn Bhd and Syarikat Pengeluar Air Sungai Selangor Sdn Bhd (SPLASH).
“So far, only the takeover of SPLASH has not been finalised,” he said before congratulating Khalid for being open, moderate and cooperative over the issue.
In a separate statement, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the Langat 2 project, which was delayed by more than three years, was planned by the Federal Government as early as 1998 to ensure the long term supply of water in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya.
“(The project) will supply an additional 1,130 million litres of treated water per day in its first phase, capable of meeting the demand in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya at all times, including during the dry seasons.
“The second phase will provide another 1,130 million litres of treated water per day to meet the increase in demand after 2025,” Muhyiddin said in a statement.
He added that the agreement between the two governments showed a close cooperation between the existing leadership.
“I believe that this cooperation was born out of a spirit to put the people’s welfare above (our) respective political interests,” Muhyiddin said.
Khalid thanked the Federal Government and the ministry for facilitating the negotiation of water restructuring in the state.
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