Footpaths Need Maintenance


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While the Riverfront Hotel was under construction, food stalls were built along the bank of Kinta River next to the Jalan Lim Bo Seng bridge. Concrete footpaths with plants on either side were constructed. Other flower plants and trees were also grown and the place was lighted at night. Customers eating in the stalls were expected to stroll along the footpaths and enjoy the sight of the river.

Footpaths Need Maintenance

Recently when I visited the place on a Sunday morning, I noticed that the front side of the stalls facing the road was newly painted, but the back of the stalls facing the river were not maintained and needs repair. Not all the stalls are open for business.

The plants along the footpaths were not trimmed with grass and weeds in the surrounding areas proliferating. Even in the morning I was scared to walk along the footpath in case I might encounter an unfriendly reptile.

The owner of the end stall has built a big extension with a semi-circular roof which looks rundown and is out of place in that area.

With the opening of the River Walk, this place has been neglected. As usual when something is new it is maintained and over the years it is abandoned. We must change our maintenance culture. This is supposed to be a tourist attraction.

A.   Jeyaraj

2 thoughts on “Footpaths Need Maintenance

  1. Sadly, this has been the state of affairs since the river reserve was developed. Being highlighted in the Echo perhaps is a small step in trying to imporve living conditions aroud the Taman Istana neighbourhood. Why does it take an article to appear before there will be response to the downside of things ? I have seen kitch slop being dumped into the river, down a drain that leads into the river in broad daylight. Sadly, this is the new Ipoh.

    Further bto this, I also aware of the noise from of a karaoke bar that operates on the right bank of the Sg. Kinta very close to a residential neighbourhood that goes onto the wee hours of the morning. Numerous complaints have been raised with PDRM who seem to be powerless to do anything. Why is this so ?? Sadly, this is the new Ipoh.

    I have nothing against such estbalishments but they not belong in a residential neighbourhood. So why is it that a bar that serves alcohol and very loud singing and encourage patrons to park the cars in such an indiscrimate way, allowed to operate in a residential neighbourhood ? Why was it approved in the first instance ? What is wrong with our local councils in allowing this ?? I can hazard a guess but without proof, what can I do ? Sadly, this is the new Ipoh.

    The new Ipoh. A long way from what it used to be. Can it ever revert to what it once stood out for ? I wouldn’t hold my breath but wish it all the same.

  2. I agree with the writer of the poor maintenance of the area. Who do we point the finger at for the state the area is? I would say that the public, the stall owners and the MBI. The public for their ‘not bothered attitude’ in littering, the stall owners for taking a short cut for dumping some of their renovation debris and the MBI for not trimming the shrub and cutting the grass regularly. This is a tourist spot and what should be done to keep the place clean is the responsibility of all concerned.

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