ASAJAYA: The RM7 million Tambirat Hawkers Centre at Kampung Tambirat here is expected to be completed in November next year.
Construction work started on Nov 5 this year and will take about 12 months to complete.
Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said the centre would house about 80 hawkers who were operating along the streets of Kampung Tambirat.
“The hawkers have been operating there for years and with the completion of Batang Samarahan Bridge in 2018, the number of passers-by and hawkers have increased.
“There is traffic congestion on the single carriageway, especially when the passers-by stop to buy from the hawkers,” he said when officiating at the groundbreaking ceremony of Tambirat Hawkers Centre held at Kampung Tambirat here on Sunday (Dec 13).
Abdul Karim, who is also the Asajaya assemblyman, expressed his wish to work with various agencies on programmes at the centre when it opened.
He also hoped the hawkers would utilise the centre and stop selling along the streets. He said enforcement actions would be taken by the Kota Samarahan Municipal Council (MPKS).
The centre covers approximately 2.36 acres; it has 80 dry market stalls, eight food stalls, four lock up stalls, 12 wet markets, 163 carparks and 20 motorcycle parking bays.
The one-storey building will have toilets and a surau (prayer room).
Present at the ground-breaking ceremony were MPKS chairman Datuk Peter Minos, Samarahan acting Resident Richard Michael Abunawas, Asajaya District Officer Rais Ahmad and MPKS secretary Norhalimah Mohamad Hamni.