SHAH ALAM, Dec 27 — Several roads around Hulu Langat district will be closed for two hours from Monday to Thursday to facilitate the clearing of post-flood rubbish in Selangor.
Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari said the closure from 8am to 10 am was for the collection of garbage which is now pilling up by the roadside, making it difficult for KDEB Waste Management Sdn Bhd trucks to take out the waste.
“Initially, we wanted to close them for two days only but we decided to implement it daily except from Friday to Sunday,” he said in a media conference on the development of flood here today.
Amirudin said the congestion on the roads in the district was due to the presence of many volunteers in assisting to bring out the waste and as such more operation days were allocated to handle the huge waste volume.
As of today, Amirudin said 13,699.55 tonnes of rubbish have been collected involving a cost of RM6.03 million.
In this regard, the state government is studying the possibility of implementing the same operation in Padang Jawa and Taman Sri Muda in Klang district and the residents would be informed one day earlier to facilitate their planning.
Commenting on the need to register volunteers, Amirudin pointed out that the move was to facilitate coordination and for their safety.
“It is not about approval as the state government has no such authority to prevent anybody from carrying out voluntary services. I was informed two volunteers died in the process of flood evacuation.
Amirudin also said the state government needed more than RM368 million to carry out various flood mitigation projects in the state.
He said for the emergency category such as the requirement of the Department of Irrigation and Drainage (DID), Selangor Water Management Authority (Luas) and Land Offices as well as Works Department is more than RM142 million, immediate category over RM177 million and the regular rate over RM49 million.
“Part of the cost will be borne by the state government and of course, the list (of costs) will be sent to the federal government for the implementation coordination,” he said. — Bernama