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by manjit kaur
ALL express bus companies operating from different parts of the city are given until the end of the year to move into the RM140mil Ipoh Integrated Bus Terminal and Complex Bandar Meru Raya in Jelapang.
Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir said several bus companies were still operating from Medan Gopeng, Bercham, Jalan Bendahara and other parts of the city despite the commencement of operations at the Amanjaya Terminal last September.
As a result, the terminal, which operates round the clock and designed to handle up to 2,000 passengers daily, remained under utilised, he said.
“The newly opened terminal is designed to serve as an inter-state transport centre, particularly for express buses.
“My hope is that they will give their full cooperation and shift into the new terminal, which has all the requirements of a modern and sophisticated bus station by the end of the year,” he told reporters after visiting the terminal with a team from the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) on Wednesday.
Admitting that the state was experiencing some problems in solving the matter with the respective bus companies, especially those at Medan Gopeng, Dr Zambry said the state believed in solving things in a good manner.
“Our main aim is to provide the people with the best services and facilities through one proper integrated bus terminal.
“And having too many bus stations scattered around the city defeats this purpose,” he added.
Noting that the state preferred to solve the problem through proper negotiations and discussions rather than compel the companies to move in, Dr Zambry said the state was willing to give them the time they needed to shift their operations.
“Some companies have asked for time and that is all right by us as we know that solving public transportation problems is not like making a waffle.
“This matter has existed for quite some time now and we need to plan things out properly.
“But they also need to understand that they have to move into the new terminal eventually,” he said, adding that currently, about 50 bus operators were operating from there.
The Amanjaya Terminal has ample facilities, including 400 parking bays, shops, a budget hotel, ATM machines and ticket counters, with separate floors for arrival and departure.
On another matter, Dr Zambry said a comprehensive integrated transportation system for Perak was in the pipeline.
The state and SPAD, he said, would be carrying out an initial study on the plan to create a transportation system that would have facilities sustainable for up to 20 years.
“Ipoh, and the Manjung and Perak Tengah districts will be chosen as part of the pilot project.
“The SPAD will look at the effectiveness of the system that is being implemented at these three places before deciding whether or not to adopt it elsewhere,” Dr Zambry said.
The study, he added, would take up to a year to conclude.
“The parties concerned are in the midst of conducting a comprehensive plan to ensure a viable transportation system is in place for the state.
“We don’t want just a short-term plan but one that is comprehensive and sustainable for the future,” he said.
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