THE ongoing Langat 2 water treatment plant project, which involves a tree cutting exercise in Ayer Hitam Forest Reserve in Puchong, has Bandar Kinrara residents worried.

According to Kinrara assemblyman Ng Sze Han, he received inquiries from residents who thought there were illegal logging activities as trees were being felled to build a service reservoir in Bandar Kinrara 6, Puchong.

“Rest assured that there are no such illegal activities. Some parts of the forest reserve need to be cleared to build pipelines and service reservoir,” he said during a press conference in Bandar Kinrara on Friday (July 19).

“Only 27 big trees will be cut down along a 2km stretch in the forest. The chopped branches will be kept in the forest,” he added.

The project is expected to be completed by 2021.

(from right) Kinrara assemblyman Ng Sze Han during a site visit at Bandar Kinrara in Puchong over the ongoing Langat 2 water treatment plant project. With him are MPSJ councilor George Yap (2nd from right) and MPSJ engineering department deputy director Mohd Haizi Harun (in light blue shirt).

Construction of the pipeline and reservoir are expected to commence once the required permits from the state government are approved.

“This project is important, not just for residents in Puchong, but also in Selangor, to ensure there is sufficient treated water supply,” said Ng.

“The state government will ensure that it is completed on time to avoid incidents such as water disruption.”

The service reservoir with a capacity of 80 million litres per day (MLD) cost RM55mil, while a total of RM260mil was allocated for a 13km-long piping works.

The pipeline, which starts from Bandar Mahkota Cheras to Bukit Dengkil in Puchong, will link the subreservoirs in the areas.

Ng added that heavy vehicles for the project would not be allowed to use the roads in the residential areas.