By CHOONG MEK ZHIN firstname.lastname@example.org
AMPANG residents can look forward to a cleaner river through the “River of Life” project by the federal government. Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) president Datuk Moham-mad Yacob said RM4.3mil had been allocated for two activities in Ampang under the project.
“The allocation will be used to installed grease traps at nine food courts in Ampang and build a water treatment plant in Taman Melawati,” he said at the council’s fullboard meeting yesterday.
The food courts are in Anjung Melawati, Melawati Bazaar, AU5, AU2, Taman Desa Keramat, Bunga Tanjung, Angsana Hilir and Pandan Jaya.
“About 50% of the work has been completed,” Mohammad said.
“The plant is to treat water coming from the Melawati bazaar before it enters the Klang River.
“The treatment is to ensure that the water entering the river from that particular site is of Grade B level, which is clean but not for drinking,” said Mohammad.
He said contractors for the treatment plant had been hired through open tender.
“There could be more under this project later on.
“We expect the traps and the plant to be fully operational by end of this year,” he added.
The project is an entry-point project identified in the Greater Kuala Lumpur/Klang Valley National Key Economic Area under the Economic Transformation Prog-ramme.
Mohammad said the 2012 MPAJ budget had been approved and would be sent on to the state government soon.
“We see an increase in the budget to RM114mil.
“About RM1.45mil has been allocated for the new Slope Unit under the Engineering Department,” he said.
Mohammad also said the largest expenditure was in the administration and management category.
“This includes repairing lamp posts, drains and roads.
A total of RM93.6mil or 82.1% of the budget is allocated for this purpose,” he said.
He said there was little prospects of increasing income for the council because development in Ampang was almost at maximum capacity.
“In order to increase our income, we will focus on collecting tax arrears and compounds.
“This year we have collected 85% of the taxes owed while it is 30% collection for last year’s arrears,” he said.