AN ANAEROBIC digester hub will be placed within a food court that is being built in Jalan Kerja Air Lama, Ampang Jaya.
The anaerobic digester will recycle organic matter like food scraps into biogas and fertiliser.
Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Zuraida Kamaruddin (pic) said the ministry had allocated RM4.56mil for the entire project.
Construction of the food court started on March 22. It is expected to be completed by middle of January next year.
During a site visit, Zuraida, who is also Ampang MP, said those trading opposite the Ampang parliamentary office would be relocated to the new food court.
“The stalls have been around for about 30 years, and the place looks untidy.
“I see this every day and have always wanted to upgrade the area.
“Now that I am a minister, I want to ensure that the traders get a better working space, ” she said.
Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) president Mohd Fauzi Mohd Yatim said the food court would have 17 stalls and two kiosks.
“There will also be open-air dining with 34 tables, hand-washing area, toilet, nursing room, surau and parking space.
“The anaerobic digester hub will consist of a management office, toilet, loading and parking area.
“Biogas will be used to generate electricity and the fertiliser will be used for plants.
“The machine will be provided by the Solid Waste Management and Public Cleansing Corporation, and managed by MPAJ.
“We hope to reduce environmental pollution in this way, ” he said.
Separately, Zuraida said the ministry would revive the Ampang Lookout Point at another location.
She said the popular tourist attraction, which had been closed, would be relocated to Jalan Hulu Langat, Bukit Ampang.
The project, she said, would cost some RM15mil and the currently unlicensed traders would be subjected to MPAJ business regulations.
She added that the new location offered a good view of the city, similar to the Ampang Lookout Point. — By VIJENTHI NAIR