BY KATHLEEN ANN KILI
PHOTO by LIM CHENG KIAT
JOHOR BARU: The popular local flea market along Jalan Segget here better known as Pasar Karat will be relocated to a new place next May to make way for the Johor Baru City Centre Transformation project.
The relocation involving about 500 traders will see them starting their evening businesses at Jalan Syed Mohamed Mufti, which is about two kilometres away from their present venue.
The Johor Baru City Council Mayor Ismail Karim said the transformation project involved the upgrading and the rehabilitation of Sungai Segget which flows along Jalan Wong Ah Fook in downtown Johor Baru.
“We have decided to make the new place as their permanent area as Jalan Segget is no longer suitable for the flea market due to space constraint and traffic congestion,’’ he said.
Ismail said the three-lane road would be cordoned off until the upgrading of the river is expected to be completed towards the end of 2015.
He said with the constant traffic congestion in the area, consumers and traders would not be able to freely do business there.
“We are putting the safety of visitors and traders at risk if the market is not relocated,” he told reporters after launching the Jalan Tan Hiok Nee arch here on Dec 15.
Separately, Ismail also said that the city centre has been undergoing constant upgrading and restoration works to usher in Visit Malaysia Year 2014 and also to celebrated Johor Baru’s 20th anniversary next year.
“We have started repainting the road dividers and conducting inspections and maintenance for street lightings, as an initiative to prepare for the coming year.
“The council will also designate new smoking areas where dustbin with ashtrays are placed around the city centre for smokers by the beginning of next year,” he added.
Ismail also added that the launch of the Jalan Tan Hiok Nee arch and cultural road was a good milestone for the city’s development.
“We will work together with the Johor Baru Tiong Hua Association to ensure that the Chinese culture is not only persevered but also showcased to tourists,” he said.