Sand traps to prevent pollution at Jeriau Waterfall

Posted on June 23, 2010. Filed under: Pollution |

-The Star-

FRASER’S HILL: Several sand traps will be erected at Jeriau Waterfall here to prevent sand from polluting the clear mountain water at the site, said Pahang Drainage and Irrigation Department director Zulkefli Hassan.

The first sand trap costing RM200,000 was completed last month and is already in operation.

“The money is from the RM23mil allocated by the Tourism Ministry to upgrade basic amenities at the hill resort.

“We will seek funds from the Federal Government to build two more sand traps to allow visitors to enjoy swimming in the cool mountain waters,” he told The Star here.

He said large amounts of sand from the upper terrain were washed into the waterfall, adding that every week, workers were deployed to check the sand trap and to remove the accumulated sand.

“Fraser’s Hill is renowned for three main activities – bird watching, golfing and the waterfall. We will do our part to ensure the waterfall remains a popular tourist attraction by reducing the amount of sand seeping into the water,” he said.

Pahang Tourism, Arts, Heritage, Women, Family and Community Development Com­mittee chairman Datuk Shafik Fauzan Sharif said most of the upgrading works at the hill resort had been completed and the total allocation under the 9th Malaysia Plan had been used up.

The upgrading works include a bird shelter, bungalows, general landscaping, guided pathways leading to the waterfall and basic amenities such as washrooms, resting huts and bridges.

“We want more repeat visitors at Fraser’s Hill and to turn this ‘Little England’ into a premier bird watching destination,” he said.

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