Nga visiting the Ipoh Central Market on Saturday.

IPOH: Ipoh Central Market will be renovated and upgraded this year, says Nga Kor Ming.

The Local Government Development Minister said some RM1mil will be allocated for the project.

Nga said the work included repairs to the basic amenities to create a cleaner and more comfortable environment for traders and visitors.

“The upgrade works include repairing damaged cables, retiling the floor and fixing other basic amenities.

“After this, we will plan for another thorough repair project and will announce it when we have more details,” he said, adding that the market caters to some 800,000 people here.

“We want the market to be clean and have international standards, so that it can attract tourists,” he added.

Nga also announced another RM1mil to build a temporary market to house traders from the Pasir Pinji wet market, as the existing premises will be redeveloped into a modern market.

He said the temporary market is expected to start construction within three months and would be completed within 12 months.

“The current Pasir Pinji wet market was built more than 50 years ago, and is now in a dilapidated state,” he said during a walkabout at the Pasir Pinji wet market on Saturday (Jan 14).

“It will be redeveloped into a self-sufficient market with solar panels, rain harvesting system and a basement parking area,” he said.

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