Blame Selangor PKR Govt If Taps Run Dry 2014

KUANTAN 17 Aug – The Energy, Green Technology and Water Ministry yesterday stressed that people in the Klang Valley should not blame the ministry or the Federal Government if their taps run dry in 2014.

Minister Datuk Seri Peter Chin Fah Kui said the Selangor government’s refusal to give the go-ahead for the construction of the Langat 2 water treatment plant could result in a major water crisis for millions in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya in three years.

The water treatment plant is part of the RM9 billion Pahang-Selangor raw-water transfer project to help tackle the projected water shortage in the three areas.

Disappointed over the one-year delay, Chin said the Selangor government was still holding back the approval or issuance of the development order to allow the project to proceed.

“When we enter 2014, the (affected) people should know who to blame as the project was supposed to begin in August last year.

“We are anxious to have it tendered out because we have the plan and budget prepared for the project,” he said after visiting the Malaysian Solar Resources Sdn Bhd’s plant in Gambang yesterday.

Chin said the Federal Government’s main concern was to ensure that households in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya do not face water shortage in future. But, he added, the Selangor government did not share the same concern.

“If we fail to provide water supply to the households in the three areas, it means that we have failed to carry out our duties as a government.”

To overcome the problem, he said the federal and state governments should meet and come up with a complete agreement on the matter.

Chin said the construction of a 44.6km-long tunnel, cutting across the Main Range and to be used to channel raw water from the Kelau Dam in Pahang to the proposed Langat 2 plant, had reached 29 per cent completion and was about seven per cent ahead of schedule.

The construction of the plant on a 9ha site in Hulu Langat hit a snag when the Selangor government did not give the green light, claiming there would be no water crisis until 2019.

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