The Star, November 20, 2017
By Edward Rajendra
TREES are being planted on both sides of the new third bridge spanning Sungai Kelang as a natural approach to filter dust, carbon dioxide and as a sound barrier.
Klang Municipal Council (MPK) secretary Adi Faizal Ahmad Tarmizi said more motorists were using the bridge and the council decided to plant trees that would help improve the environment, produce humidity, act as a sound barrier and lend a touch of nature at the urbanised location.
“Our initial planting exercise saw volunteers from MPK, the Selangor Department of Environment (DoE), South Klang police headquarters, Klang Public Works Department and Samsung Electronics (M) Sdn Bhd coming together to plant 493 trees.
“Planting trees is a cost-effective method in order to tackle urban pollution,” he added.
“Trees help trap microscopic particles. Having trees on both sides of the bridge would see less dust from vehicle emissions in surrounding areas,” he said while thanks the Selangor government for the RM7,000 allocation.
MPK Gardens and Recreation Department acting director Nurul Huda Bahrom said 173 Garcinia subelliptica, 180 Pandanus and 140 Eugenia oleana trees were planted.
“I was glad to see so many volunteers helping us plant trees despite the heavy drizzle,” she said.
Nurul added that the trees could also help keep temperatures down.
Adi Faizal said as a result of the health, economic, environmental and community benefits of trees, MPK was planning to make a concerted effort to maintain and increase its urban tree canopy.
“MPK president Datuk Mohamad Yasid Bidin directed all staff to volunteer to plant trees at upcoming tree-planting events,” he said.
On another matter, South Klang OCPD Asst Comm Shamsul Amar Ramli said more frequent police patrols would be carried out at the third Klang bridge to ensure the safety of users.
“On Sept 15, a man was mugged by two other men while using the bridge. Based on his report, RM30 was taken from him.
“If there are other mugging cases, we hope the victims can come forward to lodge a report as this will help us nab the culprits,” he said.
MPK corporate communications director Norfiza Mahfiz said the council had plans to install CCTVs in the area to create a safer township but would discuss it with the police first.