NASMIR, a nasi kandar restaurant chain, will take over the management of the Kinta Riverfront Park in Ipoh from the Ipoh City Council on the park's opening on Dec 3.
Datuk Bandar Datuk Hasan Nawawi Abdul Rahman said Nasmir would open a 24-hour outlet at the park, formerly known as the People’s Park, and sublet some space to other eateries.
He said the council was letting Nasmir manage the park because it was too costly for the council to do so.
“It costs us RM20,000 a month for the electricity supply and maintenance. Ipoh old town will not be sleepy anymore with the opening of the 24-hour outlet,” he told reporters after chairing the council’s monthly full board meeting in Ipoh on Thursday.
Kinta Riverfront Park has fountains, arches topped with mosque-like domes, a children’s playground and a recreational pool.
The RM4.4mil park is mainly visited by city folk at night after dinner.
Hasan Nawawi said it would be opened by the Sultan of Perak, Sultan Azlan Shah at 8.30pm on Dec 3.
On the 13 factories operating without certificates of fitness (CF) at the Pengkalan Industrial Estate for 10 years, Hasan Nawawi said they could apply for it.
He suggested that the operators solve the differences with their respective consultants to enable them to apply for the CF.
Earlier in his speech, Hasan Nawawi said two new overhead pedestrian bridges would be sponsored and constructed by private contractors across Jalan Raja Musa Mahadi and Jalan Raja Permaisuri Bainun in the city.
He said each bridge costs about RM120,000, adding that suggestions to have a similar bridge across Jalan Raja Dr Nazrin Shah would be studied.