SEREMBAN: Several government agencies in Negri Sembilan will carry out round-the-clock joint patrols here over the next two weeks beginning Thursday (July 23) to prevent the dumping of scheduled wastes in public places, says state Environment Committee chairman S. Veerapan.
The Repah assemblyman said the patrols were necessary as the modus operandi of those involved in such activities in recent months has been to dump the waste during long weekends or festivals.
"We have had three such cases since December and this has not only cost us a lot of money due to clean-up exercises but also caused unnecessary water disruptions as the waste was dumped into water catchment areas on two occasions, ” he said.
Veerapan added that these cases have cost the state approximately RM200,000 since December 2019.
The agencies that will be involved in the joint patrols will include the state Water Regulatory Authority, Environment Department, Seremban City Council, Drainage and Irrigation Department and the police.
"We will divide the teams into three shifts and focus on areas where dumping had been reported earlier or around water catchment areas. Based on our earlier investigations, we need to have round-the-clock patrols, ” Veerapan said.
He said that state authorities would also be distributing leaflets on the joint patrols and added that he hoped people would report any instances of dumping should they happen to come across it.
"Please be our eyes and ears because we can't be everywhere at once. Call the nearest police station and we shall take it from there," he said.
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