JOHOR BARU: The Johor Baru City Council (MBJB) will take stern action against those found dumping rubbish into Sungai Segget once the beautification project of the river is fully completed.
Johor Baru mayor A. Rahim Nin said the bad habit of throwing rubbish indiscriminately into the waterway could cause flash floods.
He said some RM240mil was spent under phase one and two of the rehabilitation and rejuvenation project of the river which flows in downtown Johor Baru.
Work on the centralised sewerage treatment plant (CSTP) and opening up and cleaning the river under phase one and two of the project was already completed last December.
“Millions of ringgit of taxpayers’ money will go down the drain or in this case the river if we are not able to keep Sungai Segget clean,” Rahim said in a press conference on April 5 during a closed-door briefing on the project by MBJB and Iskandar Regional Development Authority (Irda) which was attended by Health, Environment, Education and Information committee chairman Datuk Ayub Rahmat.
Also present at the event was Irda Projects and Programme Management Office head Mohd Zam Mustaman.
“Right now, we want to educate the people to start changing their bad habits before the entire project is completed in December 2019,” said Rahim.
Mohd Zam added phase three involving landscaping and beautifications work on the river with the addition of trees, plants and boulders is expected to start in the third quarter of this year.
He said phase four of the project would involve areas in the river’s upstream such as Jalan Datuk Abdullah Tahir, Bukit Senyum and Kampung Wadi Hana.
“We are in the midst of conducting a feasibility study on the need to have a second CSTP for residents and businesses in these areas,” said Mohd Zaman.