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By CHRISTINA TAN
email@example.com | Jun 28, 2012
BATU PAHAT: The Batu Pahat Municipal council has changed its plan to construct a new wholesale market and rebuild the existing 40-year-old Batu Pahat market simultaneously.
MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek said the construction of the new wholesale market at Taman Kota Murni started this month.
However, the demolition of the market in Jalan Pasar to replace with a new premises would take place after the completion of the wholesale market project, he said.
“The wholesalers will be moved to the new wholesale market first once the building, located about 5km away, is completed,” he said.
Then, the retailers would be moved to the parking lots along Jalan Pasar, Jalan Shahbandar and Jalan Penggaram temporarily while waiting for the market to be demolished and rebuilt.
“We brought up the people’s views to the state government which accepted the change of plan after considering problems that the people are facing,” he said during his speech at Batu Pahat MCA division annual general meeting recently.
It was announced last month by council president Abdul Rashid Ismail that both of the projects would be commenced at the same time.
The construction of the wholesale market project would take about eight months, while the project to rebuild the market was expected to be completed in 18 months.
However, some 300 retailers and stall owners here at odds following a decision by the municipal council to move them to the parking lots temporarily from June 1 for the market’s reconstruction project.
The traders worried that for all retailers and wholesalers trading at the parking lots at the same time would pose a huge problem and create massive traffic congestion in the areas because the roads would be lined with traders.
Dr Chua, who met the stakeholders early this month, promised that he would step in and help settle the temporary trading space problem faced by traders at the market.
The Federal Government had allocated RM9mil to rebuild the market and upgrade the existing facilities.
The new venue for wholesalers, built on a 0.95ha land, would cost RM3mil to build four buildings with loading bays and storage areas and was estimated to complete by February next year.This article has been viewed (204) times