The installation works of the roof at Gerbang Malam bazaar at Jalan Dato Tahwil Azar are expected to be completed by this year.
Executive Councillor for Housing, Local Government and Tourism, Dato’ Nolee Ashilin binti Dato’ Mohammed Radzi said that the installation, which was supposed to be completed in March, has been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The project is actually 60 per cent completed.”
“I’m informed that they faced problems during the pandemic because of delays concerning booked supplies,” she said during a press conference yesterday.
She explained that the delay in receiving materials from the supplier has resulted in the installation process being slowed down.
“What has been completed right now is the booking of supplies for the installation of the structural foundation.”
Earlier, on social media, a handful of traders of Gerbang Malam expressed regret and disappointment as their stalls were often affected by storms during heavy rain.
They claimed that they have not received the roofing facilities as previously promised.
Prior to that the media had reported that Gerbang Malam would soon have a new look and was expected to become a tourist attraction once the roof, with a span of 380 metres and worth RM2.8 million, was completed early this year.
Mayor, Dato’ Rumaizi Baharin @ Md Daud said the state government had approved an allocation of RM2.6 million for the construction of the roof while the remaining RM200,000 would come from the Ipoh City Council (MBI).
You can read Ipoh Echo’s previous coverage on this story here.