Ipoh’s unique identity as a heritage tourism city is strengthened through the proposed Kinta Riverwalk Development. This initiative is expected to increase the arrival of local tourists among others to Ipoh.
At the same time, the Ipoh City Council’s (MBI) initiative will generate new business opportunities for small traders, as well as boost the economy of the existing businesses in this area.
The Mayor of Ipoh, Dato’ Rumaizi Baharin said that the Kinta Riverwalk Development proposal is a continuation of the Ipoh Heritage Trail which aims to create tourist attractions in the city, also known as the Ipoh Tourism Triangle.
According to Rumaizi, the development will complement the planning of the Old Town tourism area based on a study of the Special Area Plan (SAP) – Bandar Warisan Bijih Timah 2020 (Tin Mining Heritage City) and the Ipoh Local Plan (2035) on the banks of Kinta River.
“The project is divided into three locations, the first being in front of Kinta Riverfront Hotel from the Jalan Raja Musa Aziz bridge to the Lim Bo Seng Road bridge spanning 1,600 metres. This is funded via the Northern Corridor Implementation Authority (NCIA) with an allocation of RM3 million.
“The second location is near Hadramout Restaurant from Lim Bo Seng bridge to the Jalan Sultan Idris Shah bridge which is 195 meters long. The project is funded by the state government with an allocation of RM500,000.
“Last is the Pekan Lama area starting from the Jalan Sultan Idris Shah bridge to Hale Alley which spans 280 metres and is funded by the Ministry of Housing and Local Government (KPKT) with an allocation of RM500,000,” he shared while chairing the Ipoh City Council’s Full Board Meeting for May at the MBI meeting hall today (May 31).
Also present were the City Secretary, Ahmad Munir Ishak, Senior Directors of MBI and Heads of Departments. At the moment, the upgrading works in front of Riverfront Hotel by NCIA is completed whereas upgrading works near Hadramout Restaurant are expected to be completed by June.
The next phase of the development at the area near Pekan Lama is to be implemented in July and completed in December this year.
Meanwhile, Rumaizi said the contractor appointment process for the proposed project of constructing a shading structure at Gerbang Malam has been completed. The construction will begin in June and is expected to be completed in November. The allocation for this project is RM2.8 million.
Aside from that, the Gerbang Malam area will also receive additional construction work through the upgrading of Medan Selera (food court) Dato Tahwil Azar, which is also known as Taman Kanak-Kanak (TKK) (children’s park).
“The upgrading works for the food court involve an allocation of RM750,000 under KPKT. The construction will begin in June and is expected to be completed in October. It involves an upgrade of the roof and a paint job for the building,” he added.