KUALA LUMPUR (July 5): Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL) plans to include shophouses and industrial areas in its sanitation blueprint and city ratings after it successfully rated 22 areas within Kuala Lumpur’s 11 constituencies, pending discussions with the Housing and Local Government Ministry (KPKT), reported The Star.

“Industrial waste was not included in our work scope earlier because factory operators were supposed to sort out their own waste.

“We cannot make our own policies as industrial waste management comes under the Solid Waste Management and Public Cleansing Corporation (SWCorp).

“There are 26 industrial areas in Kuala Lumpur and we need to look into these places,” said KL mayor Tan Sri Mohd Amin Nordin Abd Aziz.

The blueprint was implemented on a trial basis since 2012 at Jalan Bukit Bintang and Jalan Petaling, two of the city’s most bustling tourists spots.

The blueprint was officially launched last year and used by DBKL as a Key Performance Indicator (KPI) for cleanliness and beautification in the city, comprising solid waste management and sanitation, integrated enforcement, strengthening an organisation, improving infrastructure and application of the concept of the Local Agenda (LA) 21 programme.

The blueprint entails identifying the issues and challenges of the region, developing KPIs for agencies and departments that are involved in cleaning and beautification, and designing reasonable and practical plans to be executed by all parties.

There are four colour-coded rating tiers – green denoting clean, yellow denoting moderately clean, blue denoting lacking in cleanliness, and red denoting dirty.

Amin Nordin said DBKL aims to turn Kuala Lumpur into the cleanest and most beautiful city in the world by 2020.

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