Authorities clear illegal dumpsites in Serendah

An excavator cleaning up the rubbish at the illegal dumpsite in Serendah that was emitting foul smell and could have potentially contaminated the nearby water source.

The foul smell that had been bothering residents of Bandar Country Homes in Rawang for the past two months came from two illegal dumpsites in Serendah.

The Gombak Land Office and Hulu Selangor Land Office enforcement teams sealed off the area and their officers were stationed on-site for round-the-clock surveillance.

The enforcement team was stationed there since last Friday to oversee the clearing of waste that were illegally dumped there.

It was difficult for authorities to locate the two sites as they were located at the boundary of the Gombak and Hulu Selangor districts along a dirt road near Rawang Memorial Park in Serendah.

Last Saturday, Selayang MP William Leong visited the two sites to oversee the action taken by the authorities to clean and clear rubbish dumped there.

“I was informed that local villagers were operating the two dumpsites but authorities were unable to catch them red-handed.

“My concern is that the dumpsites were located only about 10m away from Sungai Batang Kali that flows into Sungai Selangor.

“Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd has a water treatment plant in Sungai Selangor, Ijok, where raw water is collected and treated.

The two illegal dumpsites were on a separate 2ha land and a 1ha land.
The two illegal dumpsites were on a separate 2ha land and a 1ha land.

“The four water treatment plants, namely Sungai Selangor Phases 1, 2, 3 and Rantau Panjang, supply water to three million households in Selangor and Kuala Lumpur.

“The water source would have been at risk of contamination if the dumpsites were not cleared as sludge could get into the river,’’ he said.

Leong’s political secretary Gunarajah R. George, who is also a resident of Bandar Country Homes, said there was no more foul smell after the illegal dumpsites were cleared last Saturday.

“One dumpsite sits on a 2ha land while another is on a 1ha land,’’ he said.

Gombak Land Office enforcement officer Mohd Nizam Mohsakroni said rubbish at the two sites were transferred via garbage trucks to another area.

“We have stationed our men here with a tent for 24 hours to ensure no garbage trucks are dumping rubbish here or even entering the site. The two sites are sealed off with yellow tape.

“After the cleaning process is completed, we will continue to monitor the area regularly,’’ he said.

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