by Elan Perumal
WASTE dumping operations will come to an end at the Sungai Sedu landfill on Monday.The landfill will be relocated to a new site in Kuala Langat Selatan,which will also begin operations on the same day.
Kuala Langat councillor A. Janarthini said the decision to close the Sungai Sedu landfill was taken by the Selangor Government after the road leading to the new landfill was completed.Although the state had agreed to the closure of the Sungai Sedu landfill, she said the unavailability of a proper road to the new site had delayed the move.
“Now, it is final and the Sungai Sedu landfill issue has come to an end after 10 years.The Sungai Sedu residents can be rest assured that the area will be free from garbage trucks,’’ she said StarMetro had, on Nov 28, 2007, highlighted the plight of the residents in the area.
It was reported that the thousands of residents had to eat, sleep, and study in an environment filled with a stench.The residents were also quoted as saying that they life had been hard for them for the past eight years.
According to some residents, the dumpsite had been operating in Kampung Sungai Sedu for more than eight years and even people living as far as Banting town some 5km away are not spared from the stench.
Besides the Alam Flora garbage trucks, Janarthini said tipper trucks and other private lorries also unloaded waste in the area from 7am daily, except for Sundays and public holidays.
She said the residents and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) had fought a tough battle before the state government found the new site.They have been involved in a long battle and I’m glad that their woes will be over in a few days,” she said.Janarthini said the landfill saga had been going on for more than 10 years now and former Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohamed Khir Toyo had made several promises to solve the issue but in vain.
She said the residents had been persistent and continued to lobby the state government for a solution even after the current Pakatan Rakyat administration took over.
“At times, it was frustrating, for example, when the present state government ordered the Sungai Sedu landfill to be closed and later decided to reopen it.However, they are happy that a solution has been reached,” she said.