KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 19  — The East Klang Valley Expressway (EKVE) construction project, which has been identified as the source of murky water in Sungai Kelang, is still under a stop-work order effective Oct 13 last year.

Selangor Department of Environment (DOE) director Aziah Jaafar said the order was issued following its breach of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) regulation.

She said the developer was prohibited from carrying out construction works and earthworks until the order is lifted, adding that it was only allowed to carry out repair works on the riverbank, slope stabilisation, and works to cover exposed slopes as well as slope maintenance near Sungai Ampang that collapsed due to groundwater pressure.

“I was informed that the EKVE developer will issue a press statement on this matter soon,” she told Bernama today.

Bernama reported yesterday that the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur Department of Irrigation and Drainage (WPKL DID) has identified that the EKVE construction project was the source of the murky water around the federal capital including the River of Life (ROL) project.

According to WPKL DID, investigation on Feb 16 found that murky water began to flow from Sungai Ampang in Ampang Recreational Forest, Selangor, near the Ampang Treatment Plant Intake before flowing into the Sungai Klang due to uncontrolled land clearing.

Meanwhile, Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) corporate communications officer Norhayati Ahmad said MPAJ did not receive any complaints regarding murky river water this year.

“However, in September last year, MPAJ had issued a compound of RM250,000 and a stop-work order to the EKVE concessionaire (because of the river pollution issue and flooding in areas near the project site),” she said adding that EKVE agreed to pay the compound in the near future.


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