Klang Valley water woes magnify


  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 24 Feb 2004

BY MAZNI MUSTAFA

SUNGAI SIPUT: Rapid development in the Klang Valley has put water resources there under strain, said Works Minister Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu. 

“At first, we projected that Klang Valley would only face water problems in 2007 but now we can see that the problems have started to occur in view of the many complaints of water shortages experienced by people in certain areas,” he said. 

He said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor had raised the matter in Parliament many times. 

Samy Vellu said Tengku Adnan had cited complaints from certain housing areas in the Klang Valley which often could not get proper supply. 

He cited financial constraints as the main factor hindering projects to upgrade water resources to meet demand for water supply for Klang Valley consumers. 

Samy Vellu said to overcome the problem, the Federal Government and the Selangor government were working closely to speed up the project for inter-state water transfer from Pahang to Selangor. 

He said under the project, which would cost about RM3.8bil, Pahang would provide about 1,500 million litres of raw water daily and this would enable sufficient supply for Selangor until the year 2030. 

“It is vital that we carry out this project as soon as possible because there are no more water catchments that we can depend on to cater to the increasing demand. 

“We are also trying to speed up the takeover of water management in the country to ensure that states with excess water can help other states which experience shortages,” he told reporters after visiting the newly completed RM3mil Sungai Siput Convention Hall at Jalan Tun Sambathan here yesterday. 

Samy Vellu said he expected the proposed National Water Commission, which would implement policies and manage water affairs of the states in the peninsula, to be implemented before the end of this year. 

On another matter, Samy Vellu said his ministry would build a retaining structure at the problematic stretch near Kampung Raja to resolve the landslide problem at the Simpang Pulai-Cameron Highlands roads. 

He said the structure would keep soil and rocks from the hillside from falling onto the road. 

“We have given our approval for the structure to be built and I was recently informed by the contractor that work on it will begin soon,” he said. 

Samy Vellu said once the structure was completed the RM282mil highway from Pos Slim to Kampung Raja in Cameron Highlands would be opened to motorists. 

“Because of the problematic stretch, the highway is now about 90% completed. 

“The retaining structure will complete the construction of the highway thus making it safer for motorists,” he said.  

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