BY: Michelle Liew
The proposal to establish a Light Rail Transit (LRT) service in Ipoh City is a long-term plan outlined in line with future development preparations.
Ipoh intends to hop on the bandwagon after several other cities in Malaysia has drafted similar proposals to develop their respective infrastructure.
Ipoh Mayor, Datuk Rumaizi Baharin said, although this will not be implemented in the near future, it is better to start planning towards that direction as early as possible.
According to him, Ipoh is not a small town and is the second largest city in Malaysia after George Town in Penang.
“It is high time for Ipoh to have LRT services, in fact we cannot be too far behind, so we need to plan for future needs.
“Penang, for example, has planned to have LRT services since 2010. Similarly, other cities such as Iskandar Puteri in Johor, Seremban (Negeri Sembilan) and Melaka have opted for the same,” he stated at a ceremony to celebrate the Terengganu Journalists Club delegation at Lost World of Tambun here yesterday.
Furthermore, Perak intends to develop the LRT transportation system in the city in an effort to overcome congestion and improve public facilities in the future.
According to the Draft Ipoh City Local Plan 2035 issued by the Ipoh City Council (MBI), the proposal involves two routes with 16 stations each.
A total of 28 LRT stations are proposed to be developed in Ipoh City with a total distance of 58 kilometers (km).
Commenting further, Rumaizi stated that the LRT project will only be developed after 2035, when the infrastructure works are completed.
He noted that the 15 years gap is not very long in reality, and the people of Ipoh must be prepared to accept the development of the transportation system that is equivalent to the status of the city.