PUTRAJAYA, Jan 13 (Bernama) -- The Selangor government had in December promised to allow the federal government to build the Langat 2 water treatment plant, which is part of the Pahang-Selangor Interstate Water Transfer Project.
Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Peter Chin Fah Kui said his ministry, however, was still waiting for the approval in writing from the state government which was expected to be received this month.
"I as the minister would like to thank the Selangor Menteri Besar (Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim) for the approval so that the Langat 2 water treatment plant can be built according to our schedule.
"Although we are seven months late, the state government's latest decision means that we can proceed. And we are going ahead with the tender this month or by February. The approval means the last hurdle has been removed," he said after meeting with the ministry's officers and staff, here, Thursday.
Chin said the whole project needed to be completed by 2014 to prevent water shortage for consumers in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya.
He said although the Selangor government wanted the water service industry restructuring issue and building of the Langat 2 plant be discussed together, the federal government preferred the two matters be discussed separately to avoid complications.
"We have a timeline for Langat 2, we must get certain work done so that there will be seamless interfacing. When the dam project is ready, the pipes and the treatment plant will interface nicely so that consumers will get continuous water supply," he said.
The minister had earlier witnessed the signing of a contract for the Lot 1-3B Semantan Double Pipes Project and related works, which is the third component of the Pahang-Selangor water transfer project.
Chin said with a construction period of 43 months and expected to be ready by May 30, 2014, the Semantan project included the building of the entry/exit road, installation of water pipes, and designing and installation of the valves, involving a cost of RM268.5 million.
"When ready, the double pipes with the largest water pipe diameter in Malaysia, will be able to supply 1,890 litres of raw water daily," he added.
On the ministry's Green Data Centre which was also launched at the same function today, Chin said the setting up of the integrated data management centre with emphasis on more efficient use of electricity, was in line with the ministry's green technology development drive.
"Every data centre consumes a lot of electricity, so we hope this centre will serve as a good example for other data centres," he said.