Proposal to have pollution detectors in river

NUSAJAYA: Johor Water Regulatory Body has proposed to install several detectors in five locations along Sungai Johor next year to detect early signs of pollution along the river.

State Public Works, Rural and Regional Development committee chairman Datuk Hasni Mohamad said that it would cost about RM1.6mil to buy and install the detectors. instruments in five locations along the river.

“The annual maintenance cost of the detectors is estimated at RM500,000 and presently there are no such detectors installed along the river for detection of pollution,” he said in his winding-up speech read on May 17.

Hasni said that the detectors would be able to detect early signs of pollution; hence immediate actions could be taken to minimise the pollution effects.

He also said currently pollution signs in the river could only be detected when the raw water reached the water treatment plant.

“At that point, the plant operator has to collect the water sample and analyse it before the raw water can enter the treatment plant,” added Hasni.

Separately, the Johor Public Transport (PAJ) would be introduced this August under Perbadanan Pengangkutan Awam Iskandar Malaysia (PAIM).

“PAIM will introduce TransJohor service aimed at providing urban bus services to bring down commuting cost to and from main destinations as well as major towns,” he said.

Hasni said this was the state’s efforts to pay more attention to inter and intra-links in Johor as highlighted by Andrew Cheng (DAP–Stulang), Dr Boo Cheng Hao (DAP–Skudai) and Aminolhuda Hassan (PAS–Parit Yaani).

He has applied RM2.8bil allocation from the Federal Government improve infrastructure, service, accessibility and increase efficiency in Johor.

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