Three rivers in Selangor to go private soon


By WANI MUTHIAHwani@thestar.com.my  

THE maintenance of Selangor’s three main rivers will be privatised soon. State Infrastructure and Public Utilities Committee chairman Datuk Fatah Iskandar said the concession to maintain and manage Sungai Selangor, Sungai Kelang and Sungai Langat would be awarded to three companies. 

However, Fatah, who disclosed that the MoU for the privatisation exercise would be signed in May, declined to reveal the identities of the companies. 

According to Fatah, who spoke to reporters after launching the School Motivation Programme at SMK Sijangkang Jaya near Banting recently, the privatisation was necessary. 

“The rivers have become a liability to the state as we have to fork out a lot of money to manage them, but we want the rivers to be assets in the near future,'' he said. 

Fatah said the concessionaires were expected to clean up the rivers and make sure that they were in good condition within the next four years. 

Rubbish litters Sungai Selangor and the authorities believe that by privatising the river, things canbe tidied up in no time.

All expenses to clean up and maintain the rivers would be borne by the three companies which would be awarded a concession term of 30 years each. 

In exchange for this, the companies would be allowed to harvest sand from the rivers as well as initiate controlled and sustainable commercial development. 

When asked what sort of commercial activities the companies would be allowed to initiate to generate income, Fatah said they would be allowed to operate Jet Ski outlets, among other things. 

He said the state government was currently perusing the proposals submitted by the companies on their plans for the rivers. 

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