LUAS shuts down bus workshop in Rawang over river pollution fears

A BUS maintenance workshop located by the Sungai Serendah riverbank in Rawang, Selangor has been raided by authorities for conducting operations that could potentially pollute the river.

In a statement, Selangor tourism, environment, green technology and Orang Asli affairs committee chairman Hee Loy Sian said that a joint operation on Jan 31 found that the workshop was illegally occupying river reserve land and carrying out activities that could affect the river's water quality.

"Selangor Water Management Authority (LUAS) found six barrels of spilled used engine oil that could disrupt operations of the Rantau Panjang Water Treatment Plant (LRA), located some 20km away.

"Luas ordered the workshop to remove any pollutants that could potentially contaminate the river and conduct an immediate clean-up of the area," he said, adding that enforcement was carried out under Section 121 of the Luas Enactment 1999.

The joint operation, led by LUAS, also included the Hulu Selangor Municipal Council, Hulu Selangor Land and District Office and Selangor Environment Department (JAS).

The operator was also slapped with several warning notices under Section 69 of the Local Government Act 1976 for "committing nuisance in streams".

The operators were issued a notice under Section 425 of the National Land Code 1965 for illegal settlement on government land (river reserve).

"LUAS together with related agencies will continue monitoring to ensure that all instructions imposed on the premises are followed," Hee said.

He also reminded the public to report any suspicious activity that could contribute to pollution of water sources.

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