SEREMBAN: The Negri Sembilan Pakatan Harapan government will fulfil the pledge it made in its manifesto before the last general election to relocate the Kualiti Alam waste management centre in Bukit Nanas which last week caught fire for the second time in four years.
Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Aminuddin Harun (pic) said his team had met with Federal authorities thrice to discuss the relocation of the facility, the only one in the peninsula that can process up to 100,000 tonnes of hazardous waste of all classes.
"Yes, we want to relocate Kualiti Alam.
"We must fulfil our promise made to the rakyat. But we are also aware that this cannot be done overnight," he told reporters after chairing the state exco meeting on Wednesday (Oct 9).
Aminuddin said three of his exco members had met with Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Minister Yeo Bee Yin earlier this week to once again convey the state government's stand.
"We told the minister that the federal authorities need to prepare for this. In fact, we had also written to them before the fire broke out at the facility last week," he said.
Asked when his administration hoped to move the facility, Aminuddin said he could not give a time frame but he hoped to do it as soon as possible.
"Moving the facility is not like constructing a house. We also need to know who would maintain it once it is relocated," he said.
Last Wednesday (Oct 2), a fire broke out at the facility's 100ft by 200ft transit storage facility and destroyed more than 500 different types of scheduled wastes kept in the area.
Residents living nearby heard several explosions in the ensuing blaze. A thick column of smoke had also enveloped the area causing concern among residents.
The plant, which started operations in 1998 provides complete off-site scheduled waste management from the collection, transportation, analyses and treatment to the final disposal.