THE state government is in the process of gazetting all riverbanks in Selangor as river reserve.
Selangor Water Management Authority (Luas) director Md Khairi Selamat said they would gazette all river reserves that are being illegally occupied first.
“We have gazetted Sungai Selangor and Sungai Langat and Sungai Semenyih will be gazetted in the later stages,” he said.
Md Khairi said gazetting the land would allow them to remove all illegal facilities and settlements currently located there.
Details of the river reserve land had been submitted to the Survey and Mapping Department as well as the Selangor Planning Department, he added.
Md Khairi said Luas had been conducting operations periodically with information obtained from various sources.
Last week, the Bukit Tampoi Water Treatment Plant had to be shut down because of chemical pollution.
Selangor Mentri Besar Azmin Ali said the state would come down hard against individuals and establishments found polluting riverbanks.
“I have asked the Environmental Department (DoE) to take strict action against those causing pollution on the riverbank,” he said in his speech at the launch of World Water Day and Luas’ 15th anniversary.
Azmin added that the state would conduct educational programmes to ensure responsible water usage.
He also handed out hampers to winners of a colouring competition.
Also present at the event were executive councillors Elizabeth Wong, Zaidy Talib, Shah Alam mayor Datuk Ahmad Zaharin Mohd Saad, Petaling District Officer Datuk Misri Idris and Malaysian Resources Corporation Bhd executive director Imran Mohamad Salim Fateh Din.
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