By Zaki Salleh
IPOH:The construction project of Pasir Pinji Market, which is over 50 years old, began with the construction of a temporary market to accommodate the traders.
The groundbreaking ceremony for the temporary market construction was officiated by the Minister of Local Government Development, Nga Kor Ming, near Padang Kilat.
It involves an allocation of RM1 million from the ministry, with an additional RM540,000 in funding shared by the Ipoh City Council (MBI).
This project is expected to be completed in February next year, which is six months from now, while the relocation of traders to the temporary market is expected to take place in March.
Kor Ming, when interviewed, mentioned that the redevelopment of Pasir Pinji Market can contribute to the improvement of the socio-economic status and quality of life of the local community.
“As for the construction of the New Pasir Pinji Market, the consultant appointment process is currently underway and is expected to be completed in early November.
“The successful consultant will design the new market within 3 months after the appointment, and subsequently, the tender process for appointing the construction contractor for the new market is expected to begin in early February 2024.
The implementation of the new market construction project is scheduled to start in April 2024 with a 24-month implementation period, and it is expected to be completed by March 2026,” he said.
The old market, which is in a deteriorated condition and currently houses 178 existing traders, has been an iconic part of Pasir Pinji for a long time. Therefore, the redevelopment of this public market can improve the quality and standard of market facilities, as well as provide a more comfortable environment for traders and visitors.
A total of 187 business lots will be available in the new market, prioritizing existing licensed traders and also offering opportunities for new applications for business space.
Additionally, adequate vehicle parking space can help reduce traffic congestion in the market area.