BROKEN PROMISE: Despite assurances that it would be safe, the landfill in Papan is a health and environment hazard
IPOH: BUSINESS operators and residents in Lahat, near the Papan landfill here, are urging the authorities to put an end to the problems caused by the dumpsite.
Business operator C.K. Tai said the stench, flies and insects at the site is causing health problems for the people.
"The unbearable stench has made our lives miserable for the last two months and it has turned our area into a stinky place.
"Visitors avoid coming to our area as the stench will remain on their clothes for days," said Tai, urging the Ipoh City Council to carry out an environmental impact assessment study as soon as possible.
Tronoh assemblyman V. Sivakumar called for a proactive solution to the problem.
He said the Malaysian Environmental Resources Centre (MERC), appointed by the government to produce an environmental impact assessment, had assured the people there that the project would not pose health or environment problems.
“What is happening now is the total opposite and residents are suffering.
“We are not against the project but we are questioning its location. The authorities should build landfills far away from residential areas,” said Sivakumar.
The city’s RM19 million modern landfill in Papan, situated about 20km from Ipoh, was fully operational on April 1, this year.
The new 227-hectare landfill is equipped with special cells to collect rubbish and a treatment plant to manage leachate.
It is also classified as a Level IV facility which means that there is not going to be any stench or water pollution.
The site is between one and nine kilometres away from several towns, including Lahat, Papan, Pusing, Batu Gajah and Menglembu.