The market, which will remain at its present location along Jalan SS2/62 in Petaling Jaya, will have a roof and proper flooring.
Its design features a high ceiling with louvres to shield users against the sun and rain. There will be designated areas for storage, loading, waste disposal and composting.
“The layout will be similar to a supermarket, with separation of wet and dry goods. Traders will be grouped according to the products they sell,” said Damansara Utama assemblyman Yeo Bee Yin.
“We hope that the market’s modern concept will attract more people to do their marketing, particularly those from the younger generation. Similar to the current scenario, Jalan SS2/62 will be open to traffic and parking after the trading hours are over.”
Yeo said that the market upgrade, which would cost Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) about RM1.5mil, had a lot of input from the hawkers involved.
“As the stakeholders, the hawkers were engaged for discussions with the architect and councillor to give their input on the design.
“The market will have a functional yet dynamic design, in line with Petaling Jaya being a dynamic and progressive city.
“There was initially a plan to relocate the market to a different place. But after over 30 years of being in business, people are accustomed to the market’s central location and the convenience it offers,” said Yeo.
MBPJ councillor Billy Wong said construction would be done in two phases, with some traders temporarily relocated to Jalan SS2/63 to facilitate work.
“The new market will have a total of 184 bays along a 200m stretch. Priority will be given to the 138 licensed traders to pick their trading lots.
“The upgrading exercise will also include the legalisation of 37 illegal traders, with the remaining lots to be given to those who have been trading for more than five years.
"A balloting system will be used to assign the balance lots to future interested traders.”
said Wong, adding that the licensing system would be such that the trading lots cannot be sold off and could only be passed on to the next generation.
“MBPJ will be initiating the call for tender soon. Construction is expected to start in August.
“The market upgrade is part of the overall SS2 redevelopment plan. There are plans to upgrade the nearby field within the next two months,” he said.
SS2 Hawkers and Petty Traders Association secretary Leng Chin Huat said the association had been involved in more than six months of discussions and its members had no objections over the final design.