The Ipoh City Council (MBI) will be gazetting Greentown as an Ultra Low Emission Zone (U.L.E.Z.) following the 2030 Low Carbon City Strategy Plan.
According to the Mayor of Ipoh Dato’ Rumaizi Baharin, U.L.E.Z. will take 10 years to realise.
“Firstly, the entire Greentown zone will be completely installed and replaced with LED streetlights and solar-powered lights through the ongoing MyRelamp project.
“Also, a dedicated road bike lane, roofed pedestrian passageways, and an edible garden/bamboo garden/urban farming area will be built.
“To encourage the use of public transport, MBI will be providing a free-of-charge electric shuttle bus service around Greentown.
“Other than that, the number of private parking spots will be limited to reduce entry of vehicles at certain timings. Facilities for electric scooters and electric bikes will be built.
“U.L.E.Z. is aimed at encouraging farming initiatives in empty areas of the city, while also instilling the culture of replanting trees to facilitate better carbon absorption,” he said in his speech during MBI’s full board meeting earlier today (May 31).
Rumaizi added that the U.L.E.Z. will be extended in the future to cover 1,557.58 hectares of Ipoh’s central development zone.
“This initiative is a commitment from the council to realise both the state and federal governments’ mission in reducing carbon emission by 45 percent, subsequently making Ipoh a smart and prosperous low-carbon city by 2030,” he expressed.