2011/09/22 By Veena Babulal firstname.lastname@example.org
SUBANG JAYA: The Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) has agreed to look into suggestions by independent experts to rehabilitate Tasik Mutiara and solve the problem of the stench emanating from the lake.
The council is expected to begin vetting the proposals of environmental consultants next week, said Puchong member of parliament Gobind Singh Deo.
He said he had spoken to MPSJ president Datuk Asmawi Kasbi who agreed that the problem has to be solved.
“When I asked whether MPSJ would be footing the bill, he (Asmawi) said he would look into what the experts had to share first,” said Gobind at his service centre on Wednesday.
He reiterated that he would be seeking a quick solution from Indah Water Konsortium about its treatment plant needing a year to address the issue of sewage flowing through two of its inlets into the lake, as well as its treatment plant operating beyond capacity.
The plant is at Jalan Bandar 8 in Bandar Puchong Jaya.
“I will also take up this issue at the next parliament sitting as the foul smell has gone on for too long,” he said, adding residents have had to bear with the stench for more than a year.
“And if indeed the plant is operating beyond its capacity and IWK is aware of it, it means IWK was letting waste water into the lake without adequately treating the water.
“This would mean it was endangering the lives of residents,” he said.
Chairman of the Lake Edge Residents Association Gerard Yuen said: “Someone has to tell us what is causing the stench in plain English.
“No one, including the Department of Environment (DOE), has revealed its findings to us.
“The last time DOE took a water sample, it merely said the smell was caused by lack oxygen in the water.
“They claimed the phenomena was natural and the smell was not hazardous to health.”
He said the stench was similar to that of rotten eggs.
He also said that MPSJ should step up enforcement in the area.
Lake Edge residents had complained in an email blast that despite a stop work order being issued to the developer last Wednesday, cranes were still operating on the site opposite their residential area.