THE Paya Indah Wetlands in Dengkil, Selangor, which has been closed since February 2005, will be reopened next month.
A soft relaunch will be held for the 3,100ha sanctuary filled with some 210 species of residential and migratory birds and 26 species of mammals, including four Nile hippopotami.
According to park superintendent Salman Saaban of the Wildlife and National Parks Department (Perhilitan), the reopening date would be decided by the Natural Resources and Environment Ministry.
“Perhilitan will also seek a meeting with the Selangor state government to update the new administration on the progress of rehabilitation work at Paya Indah,” he said.
Salman said that Selangor state tourism, consumer affairs and environment committee chairman Elizabeth Wong would also be briefed on the beautification and repair works at the park.
The Selangor state government and the state Wildlife Department had signed a memorandum of understanding on Aug 1 last year to make the department responsible for conserving and managing the wetlands for 30 years.
The Federal Government had invested RM160mil into the mega project meant for nature conservation when it opened in October 2001. It took over the park management after the Malaysian Wetlands Foundation disclosed that revenue from the wetlands was not enough to meet operating costs.
The park will reopen once the landscaping and mechanical and electrical works totalling RM11.1mil have been completed by contractor Gema Padu Sdn Bhd.
Once the wetlands reopens, Perhilitan will focus its efforts on conservation and research while attractions like angling, boating, cycling and nature walks in the recreation zone will be privatised.
Source : STAR
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