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This is innovative way to add more GDP

Yes, let pollute the river first, then BN and Selangor PR governments can spend 4 to 10 billion to clean up the river. The lucrative contracts will go to their cronies.

This economic activity will show up in the GDP. This is exactly happened in China, and Bolehland also emulates them to improve GDP growth.

What we rakyat gain from this pollute-then-cleanup river project?

Do you want this kind of self-destructive GDP?

Transforming Sungai Klang Into An Oasis Of Tranquility

By Sakini Mohd Said

KUALA LUMPUR, June 30 (Bernama) — Mention the name of Sungai Klang, and the first image that comes to people’s minds is that of the river’s polluted water, and banks littered with rubbish.

Now, imagine Sungai Klang as a vibrant river with recreational facilities on its banks. This is what Kuala Lumpur’s town planners have set out to do.

Kuala Lumpur’s Datuk Bandar Tan Sri Ahmad Fuad Ismail told Bernama that the Sungai Klang has now been included in the ‘River of Life’ (RoL) project, a part of the Greater Kuala Lumpur/Klang Valley (Greater KL/LK) rejuvenation project under National Key Economic Areas (NKEA).

The RoL project, costing RM4 billion, started this year, and will continue until 2020, with emphasis on three aspects – river cleaning, river master-planning, and beautification and river development.

TRANSFORMING SUNGAI KLANG

Sungai Klang is in a poor condition, choked with solid and liquid household waste. Businesses and industries not only pollute the water, but also create an eyesore.

In fact, Sungai Klang’s water is no longer suitable for human consumption. Other rivers cutting across major townships in the Klang Valley – Kuala Lumpur, Petaling Jaya, Puchong, Klang and Port Klang – are not faring any better, either.

Commenting on the project, Ahmad Fuad said the respective government agencies, such as the Drainage and Irrigation Department and the Department of Sewerage Services, will join hands with Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) to undertake RoL.

It will not be either easy, or inexpensive to clean up the 110km-long river. The target is to improve Sungai Klang’s water quality from Class III to at least Class IIB, which is suitable for recreational activities, by 2020. A sizable sum of RM3 billion has been allocated for the clean-up, under RoL.

BEAUTIFICATION OF SUNGAI KLANG

The transformation of the river will include beautification of the river bank from Titiwangsa to Brickfields. This area will be divided into 11 precincts, and include Sungai Klang’s tributary, the Sungai Gombak, as well. The beautification project is expected to cost RM1 billion.

To ensure comprehensive and sustainable transformation of Sungai Klang, DBKL held a RoL Master Plan Competition that ended on June 15. It shortlisted five of the 22 entries, from three international and two local planning companies.

The five companies presented comprehensive beautification master plans for the 11 precincts, covering a distance of 10.7 km. These plans included a detailed design of the landscape for Precinct 1 (Titiwangsa) and Precinct 7 (Masjid Jamek).

“When the river water quality improves, and the banks look beautiful, the public can stroll along the river and enjoy the beautiful view. It can serve as a recreational attraction,” said Ahmad Fuad.

Apart from this, a two-day seminar on RoL will be held, starting July 4, at Dewan Perdana Mestika, Institut DBKL Bandar Tun Razak, to enlighten various parties on the RoL project.

An exposition will also take place from 4-12 July at the same venue, and the public has been invited to view the plans and provide feedback. For further information, visit RoL’s website www.riveroflife.com.my.BANTU

CONTRIBUTION TO THE ECONOMY

Ahmad Fuad pointed out that countries like South Korea have successfully transformed rivers into places of attraction and recreational activity. He said the Sungai Klang is set to achieve the same through the ‘Rivers of Life’ project.

“Therefore, Sungai Klang can help woo tourists. For example, we can have water-front restaurants and so on,” he said.

A spruced-up Sungai Klang will not only bring economic returns, but will also raise real-estate value along its banks.

The nation and its people have much to gain if Sungai Klang is transformed into an oasis of tranquility, and a living river.

— BERNAMA

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