IPOH: The Housing and Local Government Ministry has announced an allocation of RM1mil for the consultation fee of Pasir Pinji market in Ipoh.
Its Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin said the consultation was part of the initial stage in the process of rebuilding the old market.
“Based on my observation, the state of this market is very old and unorganised.
"The rebuilding will create a modern experience for visitors where stalls will be placed according to their category.
“I have been told that the proposed budget for the market is estimated at RM11mil.
"However, I hope with the partnership between Perak government and Ipoh City Council, we can find a way to reduce the cost,” she told reporters after visiting the market on Wednesday (July 17).
The decision to rebuild the market was set after a two-day public voting conducted in June.
In an earlier statement, Pasir Pinji assemblyman and state executive council member Howard Lee said the new market would have 211 stalls and 83 parking bays.
“The market will be equipped with ‘green technology’ and rainwater collection system,” he said on June 24.
Zuraida said due to the proposed basement parking, the cost of rebuilding the market would be slightly higher.
“We will release the budget according to its progress. Since Ipoh has a new mayor, we hope Ipoh City Council and state government will contribute to make the upgrading a success,” she said.