Singapore River – History, Tourism and Water Resource

Sungai Singapura adalah sejarah Singapura bermula. daripada sebuah kampung nelayan, kepada pusat pentadbiran british kepada pusat perdangan utama asia tenggara. Sungai Singapura tetap mengalir dan turut mengalami beberapa perubahan yang significant.

Starting in the 1880s, there was heavy traffic on the Singapore River due to rapid urbanization and expanding trade. At the same time, it brought in water pollution caused by the disposal of garbage, sewage and other by-products of industries located along the river’s banks. The sources of water pollution into the Singapore River and Kallang Basin included pig wastes from pig and duck farms, unsewered premises, street hawkers and vegetable wholesaling. Riverine activities such as transport, boat building and repairs were also found along the Singapore River. Some 750 lighters plied along the Singapore River and Kallang Basin in 1977. Waste, oil spills and wastewater from these boats and lighters added to the pollution of the rivers.

In 1977, Lee Kuan Yew, then the Prime Minister put forth an ambitious goal for the government to clean up the Singapore River and Kallang Basin: and in ten years let us have fishing in the Singapore River and Kallang River. It can be done.By October 1977, an action plan on “The Clean-up of the Singapore River and Kallang Basin” was submitted to the Prime Minister. By late 1977, the government was starting to take action to clean up the river. The plan involved the development of infrastructure such as housing, industrial workshops and sewage; massive resettlement of squatters, backyard trades and industries and farmers; re-siting of street hawkers to food centres; and phasing out of pollutive activities. Industries located by the river were removed and squatters were resettled into flats. Refuse was collected daily for incineration, while hawkers were issued licenses and provided specified areas with proper sewerage amenities. The dredging of the river bed and the removal of hundreds of tons of debris which had been piled up over the years helped marine life to return to the tidal river.

itu adalah petikan dari wikipedia. ternyata untuk membersihkan sungai, satu ‘political will’ amat diperlukan oleh pemerintah. kalau setakat Jabatan Pengairan dan Saliran (JPS) dan sealirannya yang buat, tanpa ada usaha bersungguh-sungguh dari Perdana Menteri sendiri, proses tersebut akan menjadi lambat dan mungkin tergendala.

Sungai Klang memang sedang menjalani satu proses pembersihan oleh JPS. tidak dinafikan usaha mereka. cuma, seperti yang telah saya katakan, PM sendiri perlu kerahkan rakyat untuk turut sama terlibat. Tidak ada guna jika walaupun JPS bersusah payah membersih, tetapi penduduk masih tidak berasa bersalah membuang sisa domestik ke dalam sungai.

Sekarang, Sungai Singapura mengalami satu lagi transformasi, iaitu ia akan dipisahkan dari laut. dengan kata lain, air sungai di muara akan dinyahgaramkan bagi tujuan sumber minuman pagi penduduk singapore. ada pros and cons but it is what singapore needs desperately; Water.

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