IPOH: THE recently-opened Amanjaya Integrated Bus Terminal and complex in Taman Meru Raya, Ipoh, is slowly fulfilling its purpose.
Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Zambry Abd Kadir said he expects all bus operations currently scattered in several locations in Ipoh to be centralised at this new terminal by year end.
"The state secretary's office has been having a series of discussions with bus operators who are yet to move their operations to the Amanjaya terminal," he told reporters after a sudden visit to the Amanjaya bus terminal here.
Zambry was commenting on previous reports where the RM38 million bus terminal was said to be turning to be another white elephant as many bus operators from the current bus terminal in Medan Gopeng have claimed that the location was unsuitable.
They said that Amanjaya bus terminal is located at an inconvenient area, far away from Ipoh city.
"We have too many bus stations around, at the end of the day, we don't have a system," said Zambry.
He said after a series of discussions held by the state secretary's office with the operators, a number of them consented to move to the Amanjaya terminal but there are still some who said they need more time.
"We will give them the time to prepare for the move," he said.
Zambry said currently there are 50 bus operators who have moved to the Amanjaya terminal.
On a separate matter, Zambry said the state government is working with Public Land Transport Commission (SPAD) on plans to develop and integrate the state's public transportation system for the future.
Zambry said the project plan will be completed in 2014 and it covers the development for the next 20 years.
"They are doing an initial study and will do a pilot project involving three districts – Ipoh, Manjung and Perak Tengah," he said.
Zambry said during the pilot project, SPAD and the state government will evaluate the effectiveness of the proposed public transport system.
He said the period of time required was reasonable as there is a need to do an indepth study on Perak and doing it in a rush will not bring good end results.