The state government, with joint effort from Ipoh City Council (MBI), will be building a water trail of around 30km along the Kinta River.
According to the Executive Councillor for Infrastructure, Energy, Water and Public Transportation, Dato’ Mohd Zolkafly Harun, it is part of a 1,000km trail which is to be built in the whole state by 2030.
“The state government will discuss with MBI regarding management of housing, construction of the trails and many other elements to be put into consideration.
“It’s also to beautify the river which covers most of Ipoh and thus, we’ll be making the project a main priority, subsequently allowing the community to enjoy relaxation and recreational activities while appreciating the rivers in the future.”
He said so during a media session after a launching ceremony of the National River Trail Cleaning Communal Work project held at a spot next to the Kinta River (with Cititel Express Hotel in nearby view) earlier today (March 27).
In conjunction with World Water Day 2021, the communal work project was simultaneously held at 12 other districts in Perak as a committed effort to conserve water sources.
Also present were the Mayor of Ipoh, Dato’ Rumaizi Baharin and Department of Environment (DOE) Perak director, Rosli Zul.
RM1 Million for Making Kinta River the Cleanest in Malaysia
Mohd Zolkafly, who represented the Menteri Besar of Perak, Dato’ Saarani Mohamad in attendance of the programme, also mentioned that RM1 million was allocated by the state government for efforts to make Kinta River the cleanest of its kind in Malaysia.
“Without doubt, there are many challenges to go through, as the river is situated in the middle of Ipoh.
“All relevant agencies such as the Irrigation and Drainage Department (JPS), MBI, DOE and district offices were directed to organise impactful programmes towards the Kinta River conservation initiative.
“Hopefully, we’re able to gather more parties to be involved in the cause in the near future,” he expressed.
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