THE burning embers on an illegal dumpsite in Kota Kemuning has finally been put out after a week’s work by the Shah Alam City Council and the Fire and Rescue Department.
City councillor Tan Ah Kow said both departments worked tirelessly to put out the fire on the 0.8ha land off Jalan 31/56 in Section 31 that was filled with garbage.
“The fire department help put out the fire on the surface while MBSA staff worked to clear the fire underneath the pile of garbage. It was a tough task for MBSA,” he added.
Tan said the dumpsite was believed to be two months old and it had affected a large number of residents in the Anggerik Aranda sector of Kota Kemuning.
The illegal dumpsite has been a sore spot for residents in Kota Kemuning who took to social media to voice out their grievance.
“The problem would not have been as bad if the garbage was only made up of construction waste. “Unfortunately for us, we believe domestic waste and food waste was dumped here as well,” he said.
The domestic waste resulted in a stench permeating the surrounding air coupled with black smoke from the fire.
When asked if it could be the work of contractors hired by MBSA to collect domestic waste, Tan said it looked like food waste from factories or food processing plants.
MBSA dug a deep trench to prevent lorries from driving there.
Tan said they would appoint a contractor soon to clear up the garbage and restore the land to its former state.
They are, however, facing new problems in the form of garbage dumped along the lane heading into the sealed off dumpsite.
Lorries have been dumping items by the access road after realising that the dump site was closed.
Sealing the access road is not a feasible option since an Indah Water Konsortium plant shared the same path.
Tan said they were looking at viable options to resolve the matter.