ACTION: Council urged to move the Gunung Rapat wet market to a less congested spot or allow traders to conduct their business inside the market.
IPOH: THE daily traffic congestion outside the Gunung Rapat wet market is driving motorists up the wall.
The congestion is believed to be caused partly by shoppers and traders parking their vehicles along the road in front of the wet market.
Motorist M. Maniam, 50, said there was a bottleneck because the two-lane road had been reduced to a single lane by traders' stalls on both sides of the road.
The congestion is made worse by the fact that SRJK (C) and SRJK (T) Gunung Rapat are also located nearby.
Maniam urged the Ipoh City Council to move the wet market to a less congested spot or allow the traders to conduct their business inside the market. He said there should be more parking spaces for traders and customers.
Ng Mui Mui, 35, who regularly shops at the wet market, said it was hard to find parking in the area because the available spaces were mostly occupied by traders.
“To avoid adding to the traffic congestion, my husband drops me off at a distance from the market,” she said.
A trader, 40, who has been selling vegetables at the market for years and only wants to be known as Lee believes the problem stems from a shortage of parking lots.
“Parking lots are limited. We can’t park far away to unload our goods. That is why we have to park our vehicles by the roadside.”
Lee agreed with Maniam that the only solution was for the Ipoh Council to either relocate the wet market or provide ample parking bays.
Chan Keng Man, 48, who lives in the area, urged the council to address the matter as soon as possible because the traffic congestion on both weekdays and weekends was bad.
He said the heavy traffic had led to many minor accidents involving pedestrians and vehicles.
“We do not want any tragedies to occur because of the traffic congestion,” said Chan.