Seal water deal soon, federal and Selangor governments told

SHAH ALAM, Selangor - The Selangor water industry is facing many problems due to the delay in the state's water restructuring exercise.

This, said water ­concessionaire companies Puncak Niaga Holdings Bhd and Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor's executive chairman Tan Sri Rozali Ismail, would have a negative impact on consumers as well as curtail industrial growth.

He urged the federal and state governments to sit down and iron out their differences so that the water deal could be sealed as soon as possible.

Rozali said his companies were not able to carry out any work to enhance services due to the delay.

"We need someone to run the water industry without any ­conditions, constraints or delays.

"At the moment when we want to do a certain project, we are told to wait until the restructuring is over," Rozali said after opening the Water Association of Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya annual general meeting here yesterday.

The water restructuring agreement between Selangor and the Federal Government came to a standstill due to dispute over land ownership rights.

Both the Selangor and federal ­governments have until Monday to re-negotiate and seal the deal.

"Do it as soon as possible. The sooner the better as business must go on," he said, adding that the state's water industry would be badly affected if the current ­situation continued.

He also said Selangor urgently needed the Langat 2 water ­treatment plant as its water reserve had hit the red zone.

"The state's water reserve is ­currently less than 5 per cent as opposed to the necessary 50 per cent mark.

"We need Langat 2 for additional water supply as our water reserve is very low," he said.

Once the Langat 2 plant is operational, raw water will be transferred from Pahang to be treated and channelled to consumers in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya.