By Mei Kuan
Light rail transit (LRT), tram and water taxi services for Ipoh are among the proposals listed under the Local Plan Draft of Ipoh City 2035 (Replacement).
According to the three-volume draft now available on the Ipoh City Council’s website, the proposal for LRT service within Ipoh is ideal to boost the city’s image and reflect progress which can indirectly contribute to economic regeneration.
The LRT route is focused in two areas, namely the west and east of Ipoh.
Route 1 of 30km will connect Meru Raya – Ipoh – Batu Gajah with 16 stations and service frequency at intervals of 6 minutes.
Route 2 of 28km will connect Bandar Sunway – Ipoh – Simpang Pulai with 16 stations and service frequency at intervals of six minutes.
Thus, it is set to have a total of 28 stops: Meru Raya, Jelapang, Manjoi, Silibin, Medan Kidd, Bandar Sunway, Tambun, Ipoh Garden, Stadium, Hospital, Bandar Ipoh Raya, Ipoh (main station), UTC Ipoh, Pasir Puteh, Pasir Pinji, Falim, Menglembu, Pengkalan, Station 18, Lahat, Batu Gajah Perdana, Batu Gajah, Maju Rapat, Medan Gopeng, Gunung Rapat, Taman Cempaka, Ampang and Simpang Pulai.
The LRT service is expected to be the main choice for local residents to move from one place to another such as to commute to their workplace.
Meanwhile, a tram route is also proposed as an alternative mode of transport which is able to attract tourists and reduce the number of vehicles on the road.
The tram route is planned to begin and end at the Ipoh Train Station, with seven stops passing Jalan Sultan Idris Shah and Jalan Sultan Iskandar and covering several recreational areas as well as tourism spots.
With an overall length of 4km, the frequency of service will be at intervals of 10 minutes.
Another proposed alternative transport set to be a tourist attraction is water taxis along the Kinta River.
Estimated to be 8km, it will operate at a frequency between 20 to 30 minutes involving 10 stops, namely D.R. Seenivasagam Recreational Park, Kinta Riverfront, Masjid India, Memory Lane, Kinta Riverbank, Kampung Kuchai, Kampung Temiang, Kampung Kuala Pari, Kampung Cempaka and Station 18.
Public participation is encouraged as members of the public can download the draft and voice their views online via the following link: https://www.mbi.gov.my/ms/mbi/pusat-media/berita/jemputan-ke-program-publisiti-draf-rancangan-tempatan-bandaraya-ipoh-2035
One can also visit the following premises from November 15 till December 13 from 9am till 4pm to leave their feedback:
- Lobby of the MBI Building
- PLANMalaysia@Perak, Level 7, Bangunan Seri Perak
- Kinta Land and District Office