THE light and sound show project at Ipoh Padang will go on despite objections from the public.
Perak tourism and local government committee chairman Datuk Nolee Ashilin Mohd Radzi said the project was meant to bring back “life” to the city at night.
Nolee said the project could attract more visitors to the city, boosting the local economy in the process.
“We received the approval from the National Heritage Department.
“Conservation wise, we will do the best we can with minimal development to protect the heritage value of the field and its environment, ” she said during a briefing on the project at the Ipoh City Council (MBI) headquarters.
“The city council will also monitor the project daily to ensure the contractor carries out work responsibly without causing further damage to the field or the amenities there, ” she said.
Ipoh folk have been concerned with ongoing construction work at the field that began last month.
The RM5mil project consists of a facade wall for projection mapping, control room for the light and sound features, upgrading of a nearby public toilet, renovation of a pavilion and landscaping at the field.
A cascading waterfall is to be built on a stretch of the slopes between the field and Royal Ipoh Club.
The project is expected to be completed in January next year and is targeted to begin operating in February.
Among residents’ concerns regarding the project is the city council’s ability to maintain the facilities.
During the briefing, Ipoh resident, T.G.S.R. Narenthira Rao said the field had not been properly maintained and questioned whether MBI would have the budget to maintain the cascading waterfall.
“There are about six fountains in the city and they are not well kept.
“I was told that it costs about RM100,000 to maintain one fountain so will the city council have the money to maintain this new attraction?” he asked.
“I believe the money could have been better used to repair existing structures like the chairs, concrete fencing, fountain and walkways at the field, ” he said.
In response, Ipoh mayor Datuk Rumaizi Baharin assured that there would be no issue in maintaining the new attraction and other existing facilities.
Rumaizi said the city council had adopted a new “business model” that would allow them to save up some money and reinvest into developing the city.
One of the measures, he said, was changing about 50,000 street lamps to LED lights.
“We saved about RM3mil in electricity bills last year and we expect to save about RM3.2mil this year, ” he added.
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