RM4mil facelift for food court


Azmin (right) viewing plans for the upgrade of Bazaar Melawati. — AZMAN GHANI/The Star

THE Federal Government has approved RM4mil for Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) to upgrade a food court in Taman Melawati.

Gombak MP Datuk Seri Azmin Ali said works on the food court known as Bazaar Melawati would start next month and was expected to be completed within 18 months.

“MPAJ has submitted a technical report to me, suggesting the improvements needed.

“Some parts of the place are in a poor state, and it is keeping customers away,” said Azmin, who is also International Trade and Industry Minister.

He added that traders at the site would be moved to a suitable location while works were ongoing.

Azmin said this during a high tea at Bazaar Melawati. It was attended by local residents and traders associations.

Also present were council president Mohd Fauzi Mohd Yatim, Selangor development director Datuk Rosli Isa and Gombak district officer Nor Azlina Abdul Aziz.

MPAJ Property Management and Valuation Department deputy director Khairul Azmi Abdul Rahman said works would involve repainting the premises, replacing the roof as well as upgrading the clean water supply system and surrounding drainage.

He added that the upgrade would also see 12 additional lots being built, in addition to the 81 existing ones.

Zulkiflee Abdul Latiff, who represented the traders, thanked MPAJ for initiating the upgrade.The food court was built in the early 1990s and comprises two floors.

MPAJ handles the rental collection, as well as cleaning and general upkeep.

Separately, Azmin also announced a RM2.64mil allocation to upgrade the Al-Khairiah mosque in AU3, Taman Keramat in Hulu Kelang.

Meanwhile, the Darussa’dah surau in AU1C, Taman Keramat Permai, received RM1.1mil for its upgrade. — By FARID WAHAB

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