RELOCATION: All bus firms to shift from Medan Gopeng bus station to Bandar Meru Raya
IPOH: THE curtain is finally coming down on the Medan Gopeng bus station after the remaining 25 bus companies operating in the state agreed to move to the new Amanjaya integrated bus terminal and complex in Bandar Meru Raya.
The companies have been given 30 days, beginning yesterday, to shift to the new terminal located about 15km from the city centre here. Altogether, there will be 50 bus companies operating from the new integrated terminal, built at a cost of RM140 million.
The existing Medan Gopeng bus station and its neighbouring Silvertage Galeria -- the whole component which will be known as Silvertage eventually -- will be refurbished to become another state tourism icon.
Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir expressed delight over the latest development after several delays.
"Both the management of Medan Gopeng bus station and the new Amanjaya integrated bus terminal have finally come to an agreement for the move and I am sure this is a win-win situation for all.
"We hope this will benefit everyone and the state only wants the best for the people," he said after the Amanjaya signing agreement for the shift in operations here yesterday.
The four signatories are the Combined Bus Services Sdn Bhd director Rozilawati Mohamad, Terminal Urus Sdn Bhd director Cheong Peak Sooi, Koperasi Pelancongan and Pengangkutan Bumiputera Perak chairman Abu Bakar Fadzin and Rhinoairiel Travel and Tours Sdn Bhd director Mohd Azuan Basir. The Medan Gopeng bus terminal had been besieged with numerous complaints due to its rundown state. Meanwhile, newly appointed Perak State Development Corporation chief executive Datuk Aminuddin Md Desa, when asked on how the agreement between all parties were reached after several delays, said: "The spirit of wanting to resolve the issue took precedence."
On his future plans for Silvertage, Aminuddin said "all about Perak" would be featured there, including food and batik craft.
It was reported that the new integrated terminal had ample facilities such as 400 parking bays, shops, a budget hotel and automated teller machines.