Ipoh City Council (MBI) has allocated RM300,000 to fix the roof of Pasir Pinji wet market.
Ipoh mayor Datuk Rumaizi Baharin said repair works began on Aug 30 and was expected to be completed by Sept 22.
“Traders had complained about the damaged roof, so we are repairing it for the safety and comfort of traders and visitors.
“The allocation is part of our RM28mil budget for development,” he told reporters after a site visit.
Rumaizi said the city council had done some minor repairs to the roof from time to time.
“There had been an electrical short-circuit incident before.
“We are worried that it may endanger the safety of traders and market-goers,” he added.
A fire broke out in January at the 62-year-old market, which damaged a storeroom and about 20 stalls.
On traders’ concern that they could be relocated temporarily and their operations impacted during the repairs, Rumaizi said MBI and the contractor had planned for work to be done in stages.
He assured that the repair works would not impact the operations at the wet market.
“The contractor will start work after peak hours at about 1pm daily.
“The traders need not stop their operations,” he assured.
Rumaizi noted that there had been plans for the market to be rebuilt, but they had yet to get the allocation from Housing and Local Government Ministry.
“The roof will be replaced and repaired according to blocks. A city councillor will monitor the progress regularly,” he added.