THE Ipoh City Council plans to meet with all stakeholders to get their views on the plan to redevelop the Pasir Pinji wet market.
“We are planning to meet with all stakeholders, including traders and market-goers somewhere in August, before Hari Merdeka.
“Meanwhile, we are also trying to get allocation for redeveloping the market,” Ipoh City Council secretary Mohd Zakuan Zakaria said during a briefing on the redevelopment plan at the Pasir Pinji community hall on Tuesday.
Also present at the briefing was city councillor Chew Junn Weng, Pasir Pinji village chief Lau Yeow Him and Pasir Pinji assemblyman Howard Lee.
The redevelopment plan, which is estimated to cost about RM9mil, consists of the main market area and an underground carpark with 75 parking bays.
In the proposed plan, the market would have a high ceiling for better ventilation and each stall would be slightly bigger than the ones in the current market.
The elderly and traders would find the new market more convenient and practical than the old structure.
With the redevelopment period taking about two years, traders are expected to be temporarily relocated to an empty land near the Kelab Kilat field.
Mohd Zakuan said the market has been there for about 40 years and needs to be redeveloped.
“A lot has happened in 40 years. Refurbishment of the market could not go on forever.
“We have spent about RM34,102 on maintenance and repair works of the market,” he said.
In response to a suggestion from Chew, Mohd Zakuan also said that all existing traders in the current market would get their stalls in the redeveloped market.
Lee said he too hoped that the market could be redeveloped.
“However, it’s just my personal opinion. It’s the views of the stakeholders that are important.
“My service team has conducted a brief survey with the traders and a majority of them are not keen to redevelop the market,” he said.
“Only a small handful of traders want to see the place redeveloped,” he added.
Lee also suggested the city council look into the possibility of providing mini bus service within the area to ease traffic congestion near the market.
“Parking is an issue there, even with the underground carpark in the plan.
“With the mini bus servicing the people within a specific radius, it could reduce the number of people driving to the market,’ he said.