KUALA Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) wants to include shophouses and industrial areas in its sanitation blueprint and city ratings after its success in rating 22 areas in 11 constituencies in Kuala Lumpur.
This is pending discussions with the Housing and Local Government Ministry.
“Industrial waste was not including in our work scope earlier because factory operators were supposed to sort out their own waste.
“We cannot make our own policies as industrial waste management comes under the Solid Waste Management and Public Cleansing Corporation (SWCorp).
“There are 26 industrial areas in Kuala Lumpur and we need to look into these places,” said Kuala Lumpur mayor Tan Sri Mohd Amin Nordin Abd Aziz at the sanitation blueprint and city ratings appreciation dinner at Sunway Putra Hotel, Kuala Lumpur.
The blueprint which was officially launched last year went through a trial session since 2012 in two most popular tourist destinations in Kuala Lumpur – Jalan Bukit Bintang and Jalan Petaling.
DBKL uses this blueprint as a Key Performance Indicator (KPI) as a benchmark for cleanliness and beautification status in the city.
It comprises five elements, namely solid waste management and sanitation, integrated enforcement, strengthening an organisation, improving infrastructure and application of the concept of the Local Agenda (LA) 21 programme.
Among aspects in the blueprint are identifying the issues and challenges of the region, coming up with KPIs for each of the agencies and departments involved in clean-up and beautification, and designing a reasonable and practical effort for all parties.
Areas were coded in four ratings using different colours – green (clean), yellow (moderately clean), blue (lacking) and red (dirty).
“There are a lot of changes in Kuala Lumpur in the cleanliness aspect compared to about 10 years ago.
“A clean city can be achieved by getting various agencies and the public involved,” Amin Nordin said.
However, he said the public still lacked civic consciousness when it came to keeping the city clean.
“In Japan, their citizens pick up rubbish when they see it because they care about cleanliness.
“We don’t have that mentality.”
Amin Nordin said he would ensure all the areas in the sanitation blueprint received a grade A rating by the end of 2019.
“By 2020, we want to transform Kuala Lumpur into the cleanest and most beautiful city locally and internationally,” he said.
The sanitation blueprint and city ratings were carried out in four stages separated into nine phases.
The grading phase in 2017 saw three areas namely Section 16 (Universiti Malaya), Taman Sri Kuching, Jalan Setiapuspa and Mont Kiara identified as Grade A areas.
The DBKL branch in those areas were awarded RM20,000 as incentives.
Also present at the appreciation dinner were Segambut MP Hannah Yeoh, Lembah Pantai MP Fahmi Fadzil, DBKL Health and Environment Department director Datin Dr Noor Akma Shabudin, Socio-economic Development executive director Datuk Ibrahim Yusoff, executive director (planning) Datuk Mohd Najib Mohd and project management executive director Datuk Mahadi Che Ngah.