KUANTAN — Dec. 23, 2019: Pahang maintains that all enforcement against illegal encroachment activities in Cameron Highlands, especially in the Kuala Terla water catchment area near Sungai Ichat, was lawful.
State Secretary Datuk Seri Dr. Sallehuddin Ishak cited the example of the demolition of illegal farms there after some settlers had obtained an injunction from a court on March 11.
However, they withdrew the suit on September 30, which allowed the government to resume enforcement.
The Kuala Terla water treatment plant is the most important and largest plant providing more than 70 per cent of Cameron Highlands’ clean water needs, said Sallehuddin today.
According to Sallehuddin, Pengurusan Air Pahang Berhad (PAIP) found that the quality of water in Sungai Ichat had begun to improve after enforcement and cleaning up was done almost weekly.
PAIP plans to divert Sungai Ichat to merge with Sungai Terla starting in the second quarter of 2020 as per the original design of the construction of the Kuala Terla plant.
This is expected to increase and stabilise the raw water flow for use by the Kuala Terla plant as the water supply is currently unable to meet the current needs in Cameron Highlands.