SHAH ALAM, 16 March 2009: The Selangor state government has allocated RM10bil to clean and rehabilitate Sungai Klang aimed at spurring economic growth via housing and tourism projects.
Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim said Sungai Klang would be developed as an alternative public transportation system.
He said the project cost allocated under the state’s economic stimulus package involves the removal of toxic waste and sediments from the river bed stretching some 120km.
“First to be implemented are projects at the estuary and upstream, slated for completion in two years. When fully completed, the river’s reserve areas are expected to attract investments of RM5bil,” he told reporters at the state assembly lobby here today.
Sungai Klang, which has its source at the Titiwangsa mountain range, traverses across Klang Gate dam, Batu dam and Ampang, bordering Pahang. It is one of the largest rivers in Selangor while its basin is fourth largest after Sungai Langat, Sungai Selangor and Sungai Bernam.
Khalid said the state government also plans to extend the Light Rail Transit (LRT) system to Klang, Kajang and Rawang.
“Some investors from Germany are interested to brief us on the LRT system. I will be meeting them next week,” he said. — Bernama