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July 08, 2007 18:10 PM

Govt Not Against Building Incinerators In Future - Najib

BUTTERWORTH, July 8 (Bernama) -- The government has no reservations to building incinerators in future as a means to treat solid waste provided the cost was low and the technology was compatible.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the government would consider building incinerators to process increasing volume of solid waste if local authorities could afford it.

The maintenance cost, borne by the people, should not burden them, he said.

The government was conducting a study to find a suitable technology to build incinerators that incurred low cost and was safe for the people, he told reporters after opening the Batu Kawan Umno division delegates conference.

Najib, who is also Umno deputy president, said incinerators, which met the features, would be considered at suitable sites in Selangor in future.

He said the location need not necessarily be in Broga, Semenyih, but at any place deemed suitable.

The Deputy Prime Minister said the Broga waste incinerator project in Selangor was aborted because it was not cost-effective.

The project, which would have cost RM1.5 billion, was too expensive.

"The maintenance cost is also not cheap. It would have been so high that even local authorities would find it hard to bear or absorb the cost.

"The government will not object to incinerators but they must be within our financial means. The cost must not be too high, proven technology and affordable maintenance cost," said Najib, who heads the cabinet committee on solid waste management.

Selangor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohamad Khir Toyo said yesterday an incinerator would still be built in Selangor to cope with the high volume of solid waste in the state following scrapping of the Broga incinerator project.

He said a new site would be identified because the state needs to treat about 130,000 tonnes of waste a day.

The two existing waste disposal sites would be exhausted in less than 10 years, he had said.

-- BERNAMA

 

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