Developer of road expansion project to plant two trees for each one felled

StarMetro’s report on Jan 29.

THE developer behind the road expansion project along Jalan Bukit Anak Tukun in Rawang will replant twice as many trees to replace almost 200 that were felled to fulfil the agreement it signed with Selayang Municipal Council (MPS).

Out of the total 262 raintrees in three zones, 193 were felled to make way for the project there while 69 trees would remain.

MPS Landscape Department director Mokhtar Affandi Abd Ghani said the tree replanting exercise was part of the requirements for the developer in the road-widening project.

MPS was responding to the furore among affected residents and environmental non-governmental organisations over the tree-felling exercise for the road-widening project along the 1.5km stretch.

StarMetro had reported on Jan 29 that Templer Park Resort Coalition of Residents Associations chairman Datuk Mukhtar Ismail said about 50 trees were felled in December last year.

They later found out that the road widening would now include a bicycle lane, hence extra trees were cut down.

Mukhtar said during a meeting in 2018, MPS had announced that only 40 trees would be felled.

On matters relating to the upcoming Thaipusam festival in Batu Caves, MPS president Shamsul Shahril Badliza Mohd Noor said they had allocated RM130,000 to appoint a contractor to carry out solid waste cleaning services in the area.

“They will do the cleaning for 10 days. We urge everyone at the festival to dispose of waste properly in the designated bins that are provided,” he said after chairing the council’s full board meeting.

He said with the coronavirus outbreak, devotees and visitors during Thaipusam should take precautions by wearing face masks and practising proper hygiene.
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