JOHOR BARU: The metropolis collects a mean of 1 tonne of plastic waste each single day from its rivers, thus indicating the severity of littering as a phenomenon right here, says the town council.
Johor Baru mayor Datuk Mohd Noorazam Osman expressed disappointment at this disturbing situation, which is undoubtedly as a result of perspective of irresponsible quarters who nonetheless throw rubbish into drains and rivers indiscriminately.
For instance, Sungai Tebrau, a serious river right here, persistently yields huge quantities of garbage, regardless of the town council’s (MBJB) efforts in finishing up cleansing operations and upgrading works.
“On average, we are able to gather about 30 tonnes of plastics from the river each month,” he mentioned after launching MBJB’s Skuad Kilat, or fast motion squad, which consists of assorted models beneath the council to cope with emergencies, particularly pure disasters reminiscent of floods.
He added that as a part of MBJB preparation for floods, the council had been carrying works to verify the drainage system and rivers beneath its jurisdiction had been capable of include the run-off throughout the wet season.
“The attitude of throwing waste into the drainage system should change immediately as not only will this lead to pollution, but also major floods, which is what we are trying to avoid.
“If this continues, then the 54 villages located near Sungai Tebrau could be affected badly if floods were to hit them,” he mentioned, including that apart from Sungai Tebrau and Sungai Skudai, one other river within the metropolis space, was additionally a supply of flooding because of its polluted state.
He mentioned MBJB had recognized 10 areas reminiscent of Kampung Mohd Amin and Kampung Pasir that would see floods as a result of monsoon season that was anticipated to hit the state till Jan 3.
“From the preparations that we have done prior to the monsoon season, MBJB is well prepared to face the possibility of floods within our jurisdiction.
“For example, through the Skuad Kilat, we have 300 MBJB personnel on standby to evacuate the public to the nearest relief centres once floods happen,” he mentioned.