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Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) is plans take over the maintenance of of restaurant grease traps from owners. RM1500 will charge will be added to the business license fee.


DBKL to add maintenance fees to business licence

THE STAR

     
    THE rotten stench of clogged grease traps will be dealt with soon, as the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) is plans take over the maintenance from restaurant owners.
    Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said the problem of unmaintained grease traps had persisted despite the authorities advising restaurant owners to clean up their act.
    “Unfortunately they (restaurant owners) are not doing it, and at times they have the grease trap but they don’t maintain it.
    “So what we have decided is that we are going to charge them for grease trap maintenance together with their licence fee, and we will maintain the grease traps for them.
    “DBKL Health Department has already spoken to contractors and sub-contractors who will carry out the maintenance work for the restaurants,” he added.
    Addressing concerns that having only nine contractors overseeing maintaning grease traps throughout the city would not be enough, Tengku Adnan said they would increase the manpower if this was found to be insufficient.
    “We are trying it out (using contractors), but we are also worried that when the contractors charge high fees, restaurant owners will pass the costs on to consumers.
    “So we are monitoring to see if the price is reasonable and if the contractors are doing their job properly,” he said at the first KL Car Free Morning for the year, at Dataran DBKL yesterday.
    Tengku Adnan said the maintenance of grease traps was essential in view of DBKL’s River of Life project.
    “We are embarking on the River of Life project where we are spending a lot of money to clean the river.
    “If the grease traps are not working or maintained properly, the water will also flow from the drains into the river, polluting the river again.
    “We did not want to take on the task of maintaining grease traps, but restaurant owners have not been fulfilling that responsibility even after being told to do so.
    “When we carry out checks, we see the grease traps have not been cleaned at all because the restaurateurs want to cut cost.
    “So DBKL will do it as a service to restaurant owners and ensure that the environment is clean,” he added.
    Tengku Adnan also gave an update on the River of Life project, saying that it was progressing slowly as several problems had cropped up.
    “It is a bit slow because of the utilities below ground.
    "Because Kuala Lumpur is an old city and sits in a valley, there was no proper planning before.
    “We have problems even seeing if a pipe has burst.
    "So we are looking at planning and organising things, especially with regard to cabling and other utility works,” he said.
    On an unrelated matter, Tengku Adnan said DBKL planned to change all streetlights in the city to energy-saving lights.
    “Our main problem is that some poles are owned by Tenaga Nasional Berhad and Public Works Department.
    “So I have spoken to the relevant ministers to ask them to inform the respective agencies to change the lights. If they cannot do this on their own, we can help,” he explained.

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