Will Parking Problems and Traffic Congestion at Padang Polo Be Resolved After All Vendors Are Relocated?

By: Rosli Mansor Ahmad Razali

IPOH: The Ipoh City Council’s (MBI) initiative to relocate all vendors at Sultan Abdul Aziz Recreation Park (Padang Polo) in a concept resembling a food court is indeed a well-timed move.

An inspection by Peraktastic at the site revealed that traffic congestion had long been a significant concern due to commercial activities.

Rosdan Wahab, 53, from Ipoh, lauded MBI’s decision to move all vendors to the new location as a prudent step in addressing the traffic congestion issue.

“I come here with my family for recreational and sports activities, but unfortunately, the lack of parking space and congested roads due to business activities have been persistent problems,” he said.

“I understand that the new food court location is expected to be ready by the end of this year. I hope that the traffic congestion issue can be resolved.

“Padang Polo is a recreational area where we seek fresh air without vehicular pollution.

“There are foul-smelling puddles of water in front of several stalls, and vendors should be wise in managing this situation. In a recreational area, cleanliness should be a top priority,” he added.

Previously, it was reported that MBI had obtained approval from Padang Polo vendors for the relocation of their businesses.

Ipoh Mayor, Dato’ Rumaizi Baharin, stated that nearly 60 vendors had agreed to the relocation after considering MBI’s vision of creating a new gastronomic business sector based on tourism.

According to him, through this concept, a hub centred around Malay cuisine can be established, adding value and increasing the appeal to external visitors.

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