Media reports have been full about the scarring and blasting at quarries in Batu Kawan which have alarmed nearby residents.
At the same time, over the last couple of weeks, the pile of rocks at the fishermen’s jetty in Bagan Ajam has grown higher. Where are these rocks coming from?
And this is from another angle today, 29 September 2016:
This was what the jetty looked like a couple of weeks ago (see below). Compare it with the photos above. See how the pile of rocks has grown since then.
Meanwhile, residents of Batu Kawan have been alarmed by massive rock blasting.
What are the Batu Kawan rocks being used for?
Obviously, the rocks at the fishermen’s jetty in Bagan Ajam in Butterworth must have been transported there by lorry. But where did the rocks come from?
Are these rocks at the jetty destined for the Seri Tanjung Pinang Phase 2 and Gurney Drive land reclamation? If so, under the detailed EIA report (see extract below), the 2m tonnes of rocks required have to be obtained from Tanjung Hantu in Lumut and Batu Maung quarry. And they have to be transported by barge, not lorry. But who is checking on this?
As you can see, even the types of barges that should be used are shown.
So here are some questions for the relevant authorities:
- Are those rocks at the fishermen’s jetty meant for the ongoing Seri Tanjung Pinang Phase 2 and Gurney Drive land reclamation project?
- If so, were those rocks obtained from Tanjung Hantu in Lumut and the Batu Maung quarry, as required under the detailed EIA report? And if so, were they transported to the site entirely by barge instead of lorry? Or were these rocks obtained from the Batu Kawan or Juru area or elsewhere and transported by lorry to the fishermen’s jetty before being loaded onto barges?
- Where are the rocks used in the Tanjung Tokong and Gurney Drive land reclamation coming from? Are they all from Tanjung Hantu and Batu Maung only? Who is checking on that?
- Whatever the purpose of those rocks at the jetty, have the contractors obtained permission to use the the fishermen’s jetty as a transit point from the relevant authorities e.g. the Seberang Perai Municipal Council, the Drainage and Irrigation Department, the Department of the Environment and the Town and Country Planning Department?
Bear in mind that safety considerations should also be an issue as the lorries have to enter a small road in a residential area to get to the fishermen’s jetty. The jetty lies just in front of 10 blocks of low-cost flats in Taman Tun Dr Awang, which are already looking run down (except for only three repainted blocks) as it is.