RM57mil project to be ready in April

An artist’s impression of the Pudu Integrated Commercial Complex (ICC), which will have a wet and dry market, a food court and general convenience stores.

More than 250 traders from the Bukit Bintang market in Jalan Melati Imbi will soon move to the Pudu Integrated Commercial Complex (ICC) located about 1km away in Jalan Kijang.

Bukit Bintang Hawkers and Petty Traders Association chairman See Foo Hoong said the new location would be good for the traders and their businesses.

“The traders will have a comfortable and larger space for their businesses at this new complex and it will be more convenient for their customers. We hope Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) will allocate spaces for all hawkers fairly,” he added.

The project was jointly developed by DBKL and TRX City Sdn Bhd (formerly known as 1MDB Real Estate Sdn Bhd), costing approximately RM57mil.

During a site visit to the complex, Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said the project was nearing completion and was expected to be ready by April 1.

“We have set the rental at RM240 to RM540, depending on the size of the stalls, which was decided after discussions with the traders.

“Other than spaces for market traders, we have also prepared a food court and will try to get a couple of fast-food chains as tenants.

“We hope this place will become more than a convenient area for customers to buy their market goods, but also as a spot for tourists to do their shopping,” said Tengku Adnan.

He added that a 50% reduction on development charges that was implemented by DBKL in September 2015 would expire on June 30.

The incentive to encourage developers to work within six months after getting DBKL’s approvals on their plans, will also be revoked should the project breach the given time frame.

The complex was proposed in 2014 and covers about a hectare and has seven storeys, including a basement.

With 293 stalls including 83 for the food court, the complex also has a floor reserved for commercial businesses.

There are also 576 parking lots for cars and 92 for motorcycles.

Planned out to be more than a market, the complex also has a banquet hall to accommodate 1,000 persons and a multi-purpose hall equipped with badminton, volleyball and basketball courts that can take 240 people.

Also present during the site visit were Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Seri Mohd Amin Nordin Abd Aziz and Bukit Bintang MP Fong Kui Lun. - The Star