Saturday, March 5, 2011

Seremban: Facility to be located near Seremban Wet Market


Picture by Sharafiq Abd Samad

Picture by Sharafiq Abd Samad

SEREMBAN: The Seremban Municipal Council is planning to build a multi-storey parking complex near the Seremban wet market to overcome the parking woes around town.

Council president Datuk Abd Halim Abd Latif said based on plans mooted by the council and state government, the complex is expected to be ready in three years.

He said the duration was needed because several details had to be ironed out first.

"The council is planning to build the 12-storey complex next to the market and it is expected to accommodate 1,000 cars with trading lots below it.

"The complex will be connected to the market building by a bridge to make it easier for market-goers to park their vehicles and also at a reasonable rate," he said.

Halim said the area next to the market was an ideal location as it was in the heart of town and near the banks and post office.

Among the issues to be considered was the construction cost which is expected to be quite high.

"Based on initial plans, the cost would be shared between the council and the state government," Halim said.

The public have welcomed the project and expressed hope that it would be built as soon as possible.

Trader Zaiton Othman, 43, said the market area was among the busiest in town, especially during peak periods.

"Many people visit the area as there are banks, telecom companies, and numerous other businesses here. Some vehicles are parked indiscriminately, causing much inconvenience to others," she said.

Zaiton said a proper walkway should be built to link the parking complex to the business premises nearby.

Housewife Siti Rohani Abd Jalil, 46, said the new complex would definitely help ease the congestion in town, which is getting worse by the day.

She added that it was important for motorists to make use of the new complex and not continue to park all over the place in town.

*Taken from NST Online

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