Sand-washing activities polluting Klang River


In the background.... Washed sand seen in the area at the construction site

KLANG River is once again being polluted by sand-washing activities, and the dumping of silt and waste in Jalan Taman Seri Sentosa, off Jalan Kelang Lama in Kuala Lumpur.

The area has been hoarded up, and a notice board identifies it as a construction site for an apartment project.

During a recent visit to the site, StarMetro witnessed dozens of 10-tonne tipper lorries unloading sand to be washed.

The trucks transport earth from other areas in the Klang Valley to be unloaded here.

A suction pump can be seen at the area where water from Klang River is used to wash the sand.

After the sand is washed, the waste, consisting of mud and silt, is dumped into the river.

StarMetro estimated an average 100 lorries, loading and unloading earth here. That adds up to a substantial amount of mud and silt dumped into the river.

Then multiply this by two years, which is how long the activity has been going on.

This is not the first time that the illegal operators have been caught red-handed as on Nov 26, 2012, StarMetro in its report titled “Illegal sand washing: Authorities waiting for right time to carry out raid” uncovered the activity in the same area.

The activity ceased following the raid.

However, one-and-half years later, it has become apparent that the operator has resumed operations, and is causing more damage to the environment as silt and mud is being pumped into Klang River after the sand is washed.

An environmentalist who wish to be known only as Tan, said the operator was very irresponsible and did not care for the environment.

“The Government will have to spend millions of ringgit to clean up the river if this continues.

“This operator has to be stopped or it will lead to more environmental damage,’’ he said, pointing out that Kuala Lumpur City Hall’s (DBKL) River of Life (RoL) project that involved the cleaning up of Klang River costing RM4.4bil, would go to waste.

“The dumping of silt and mud is the main reason our rivers in the Klang Valley are polluted and why we are unable to collect raw water,’’ he said.

Tan also said the operator did not have a permit from DBKL, Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID) or the Land Office to wash sand or take water from Klang River.

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