Need for incinerator in Kepong being reviewed

Irwan Shafrizan Ismail

PUTRAJAYA: The National Solid Waste Management Department is reviewing the need to build an incinerator at Taman Beringin, Kepong.

Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin said should there be a need to proceed with the project, alternative location would also be discussed.

“The ministry is sensitive to the people’s views. They have expressed their concerns over construction of the incinerator.

“An environmental friendly solution will be adopted,” she said after the National Local Government Council meeting chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail today.

The proposal to build a waste-to-energy plant to be incorporated into the Kuala Lumpur Transfer Station in Taman Beringin was first mooted in 2014.

Costing between RM700 million and RM900 million, the proposed plant to be built on 1.62ha next to the existing transfer station, would include an incinerator to burn waste that would later be turned into energy for electricity.

With the expectation that collected solid waste would reach 33,000 tonne per day by 2020, the incinerator would be helpful.

On redeveloping the Highland Towers area, Zuraida said the Highland Towers Redevelopment Committee had detected the ownership status of more condominium units at Bukit Antarabangsa.

Over the past two months, she said, the committee had managed to identify another 21 units, including 11 which still had owners living. The owners of four other units had died without any heirs and the owners of six units were absent.

According to the Malaysia Insolvency Department, there are a total 150 units spread across three towers, with 50 units in each tower.

Since the redevelopment committee was formed, they had identified the ownership status of a total 148 units in addition to the 21 units, 111 units belong to Regal Fields Development Sdn Bhd, 12 units to owners in the midst of applying for compensation, four units to owners with no intention to claim compensation and two unsold units.

Ampang Jaya Municipal Council , Zuraida said, had been instructed to review the validity of the demolition notice which was issued in 1994 and to get a court order for demolition process if the notice had expired.

She also said the Highland Towers Redevelopment Committee, which was headed by Housing and Local Government Ministry secretary-general Datuk Mohammad Mentek, would hold another meeting tomorrow to further discuss possible redevelopment. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd