ABOUT 1,400 illegal factories in Shah Alam have been issued with temporary licences recently, mayor Ramli Mahmud said.
He said the city council would also follow up on factories which had been served notice but had yet to apply for licences.
Ramli said many of these factories were illegal because they were sitting on agriculture land.
“The factories have everything to gain by not getting a licence because then they do not have to pay taxes,” he added.
The mayor said the council would identify factories that were located within the industrial zone as marked out in the main city map and issue the temporary licences, regardless whether the factories were sited on agriculture land.
On the complaint by residents of council homes in Section 26 about lack of food stalls for their convenience, Ramli said a building had been constructed to house such stalls and it was ready for operators.
The Shah Alam mayor also announced an agreement between MBSA and TNB Engineering Corporation (TNEC), a subsidiary of TNB, for a district cooling system. The agreement was signed at the council’s full board meeting last month.
Ramli said TNB had approached MBSA for a joint venture.
The council, he said, would only be required to pay the monthly bill charges of the air-conditioner as the cost of the system was borne by TNEC.
“One of the advantages of this cooling system is that MBSA can save a substantial amount in electricity bill over the long term because the system works during the night and not during peak period as with the conventional ones.
“In addition, we can save an initial capital cost of between RM2mil and RM4mil with this joint venture.”
The mayor also said that the joint venture allowed MBSA to “export” the system to other buildings in the vicinity, akin to a central plant serving multiple buildings.
”If we are successful in getting other companies or buildings to subscribe to this plan, our bills will be reduced and we get to share in the profits too.”
He said the other buildings did not have to install the chiller, instead chilled air would be piped in from the operating plant in MBSA.
TNEC vice-president for investment management Nik Ibrahim Nik Mohamed said about RM5.26mil had been invested in the system, which was currently in its first stage.