Ipoh council plans tree-planting programme along Sungai Kinta

Rumaizi signing the board to mark the launch of the ‘Green the Earth’ tree-planting ceremony at Housing Trust.

IPOH City Council is planning to plant more trees along the reserves of the Sungai Kinta as part of its plan to ensure the river and its banks are clean.

Ipoh mayor Datuk Rumaizi Baharin said the city council was planning to hold tree-planting programmes along the river, starting at the Kinta Riverfront Walk, early next year.

“We want to make sure our rivers are clean.

“We don’t want to see pollution as it will affect the water supply and impact the people, ” he told reporters after launching a “Green the Earth” tree-planting ceremony at Housing Trust.

“When riverbanks have trees, the river will also be clean without any costs involved, ” he added.

It was reported in November that Sungai Tapah in Ipoh was the cleanest river in the country.

According to Environment Department director-general Norlin Jaafar, the river had a Water Quality Index rating of 95, following a sampling exercise of 672 rivers in the country.

Rumaizi said apart from Sungai Tapah, another river – Sungai Chepor in Tambun – was also among the top 10 cleanest rivers in Malaysia, at seventh spot.

He said the rivers were clean not due to any cleaning-up works, but it was all down to nature.

“We must make sure there are no developments at river reserves.

“Even at Sungai Kinta, we will not allow rapid development and we hope to maintain this, ” he said.

Rumaizi said the campaign was part of the city council’s plan to make Ipoh a Low-Carbon City by 2030.

“It is in line with the state’s One Million Trees Planting Programme and our aim to plant 1,500 trees every year in the city.

“We hope the people will also take part in tree-planting programmes, ” he added.

Event organiser and Ipoh City councillor Prof Dr Richard Ng said the city currently had about 400,000 trees and each mature tree at 10 years of age could absorb about 3,670kg of carbon dioxide.

“It is estimated that there will be about 160,000 cars in Ipoh by 2030, with each car producing about 4,600kg of carbon dioxide annually.

“And by 2030, the city is expected to have planted about 415,000 trees, ” he said.

“This will mean that the trees can absorb over one billion kilogrammes of carbon dioxide annually and are able to handle the carbon footprint caused by cars, ” he added.

The event, jointly organised by Ng and Lions Club of Perak Silver State, saw six Mempari trees planted at the field in the housing area.

Also present were guest-of-honour Datin Seri Dr Nomee Ashikin Mohammed Radzi and her husband, former Perak mentri besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu.

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