KUANTAN: In a bid to preserve the environment of the popular Rainbow Waterfall, the Kampung Seberang Baru Sungai Lembing Village Security and Development committee will be introducing entrance fees and limiting visitors to the tourist attraction.
Its chairman Tang Siew Fong said the committee would be cooperating with the Sungai Lembing Rainbow Waterfall Tourism Association in managing permits for the site that had been granted by the state Forestry Department.
“We are making preparations to implement permits for the management of the Rainbow Waterfall and Lubuk Beruk tourism sites as well as the 8km route through the Remen Chereh forest reserve to enter the area.
“The permits will be enforced from Nov 1 onwards. All visitors will be required to pay RM5 per entry to the forest reserve for forestry permit and RM3 for management and control fee,” he said.
As for vehicles, Tang said four-wheel drives and motorcycles would be charged RM200 and RM50 respectively as fees for the maintenance of road and forest cleanliness.
Only six visitors, including the driver, would be allowed in each four-wheel drive vehicles, he said.
“Only registered local tour operators who have been approved by the association are exempted from paying the fees with permission from the Forestry Department. Up to 43 four-wheel drive vehicles from tour operators have been registered while the number of registered members are 62,” said Tang.
He also said the number of visitors would be limited to 500 people daily at the beginning stage of the enforcement.
“Should the number of visitors increase from Monday to Thursday, we will limit it further.
“This measure is being taken to protect the forest reserve and the waterfall area from being affected by an uncontrolled number of visitors,” said Tang.
He advised visitors to apply for entrance permits earlier to avoid inconvenience and disappointment.
“Those entering a forest reserve without permission will be fined RM10,000 or face three years imprisonment or both according to the National Forestry Act 1984.
Visitors must also abide by the conditions set by the committee.
“Visitors should ensure that they and the vehicle they are taking have legitimate permits before entering the Remen Chereh forest reserve and the waterfall area,” said Tang, adding that the Forestry Department, the committee and the association would not be responsible for accidents, deaths or loss of property that befalls visitors during their time at the sites.