KUALA LUMPUR — Aug. 28, 2017: The first phase of the River of Life (ROL) and Blue Pond project at Jamek Mosque which will change the quality of water in a major river in the Klang Valley from an unsafe level to safe for recreational use.
The ROL, which was launched in 2011, is a pioneer project under the Greater Kuala Lumpur/Klang Valley initiative and aims to make KL a world-class city.
It is aimed at reviving the Klang River and Gombak River within the city and transforming the banks into waterfront areas with economic and commercial value through river cleaning, beautification and land development.
The first phase for Precinct 7 of the project involves historic sites like Dataran Merdeka, the mosque and Central Market which are at or near the confluence of the two rivers.
A new attraction is the pedestrian bridge which will be built to link the mosque with the Sultan Abdul Samad building and Dataran Merdeka, cutting travelling time by 50 per cent.
The ROL project has so far completed 110 kilometres of cleaning in eight rivers — Gombak, Batu, Jinjang, Keroh, Bunus, Ampang, Klang and Keroyong.
ROL uses a river-cleaning method known as the Interceptor system P7 which will help improve water quality by holding-up and treating dirty drain water.
Interceptor pipes will divert waste water and refuse from homes, commercial premises and buildings to treatment plants before it is channeled back as IIB Class water (safe for recreational use with body contact) back to the rivers.
The plants are capable of creating a natural conducive environment for aerobic micro-organisms to breed which could reduce bio-chemical oxygen demand of ammoniacal nitrogen and suspended solids.
The Blue Pond, a new icon in KL, is the brainchild of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, who wants to optimise the potential of the ROL area as a catalyst of national economy and draw more tourists.
It will provide a view of the river with colourful lights and water fountains accompanied by music.
At today’s launch Najib was accompanied by his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor as well as several Cabinet members. — Bernama