City council forks out RM1mil to clear 2,000 dumpsites

IPOH City Council has spent nearly RM1mil to clean up about 2,000 illegal dumpsites around the city.

Ipoh mayor Datuk Rumaizi Baharin said about RM500 was used to clean up each location.

“We have spent about RM1mil from Jan 1 until July 15, this money could have been used to repair or maintain facilities,” he said during a town hall session for the council’s 2022 Budget.

Rumaizi said these illegal dumpsites were located in areas such as Jalan Othman Talib, Taman Rishah and the Bercham industrial site.

“We will prepare about 27,000 free rubbish bins to be placed at various locations to make Ipoh the cleanest city by 2023.

“We will sponsor about 10,000 while the others will be donated by private companies.

“These bins will be placed at public parks, city centre, tourist spots and outside homes of the B40 group,” he added.

Rumaizi said the city council also had plans to ensure that Ipoh would be a smart city with reduced carbon usage by 2030.

“In order for Ipoh to be a low-carbon city, we will need a lot of trees.

“There are currently about 200,000 trees providing shade in the city.

“They need to be properly maintained, especially during the monsoon season, for the safety of road users,” he said.

He further said that the city council was looking at providing more space for petty traders to operate.

“To date, we have issued nearly 450 temporary permits which will expire by the end of the year.

”We are planning to extend the validity period and provide more space for traders in the future,” he added.

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