THE commercial row of shophouses in Jalan Kenanga 2, Taman Dengkil Jaya, now has a new image as Dengkil Walk.
Featuring farmers and night markets as well as car boot sales, the effort is part of a rebranding exercise by Sepang Municipal Council (MPSepang) to give the oldest residential estate in Dengkil, Sepang, a new look.
At the launch of the exercise, business owners in Jalan Kenanga 2 took the initiative to give their shopfronts a glossier shine with 100l of paint contributed by Nippon Paint. Pitching in were Tenaga Nasional Bhd and Telekom Malaysia which replaced old cables with new along the commercial stretch.
“The exercise falls under the Dengkil Town Design Action Plan which will run until 2025.
“The aim is to improve the town’s image as a clean and lively place for residence and commerce,” said MPSepang president Datuk Puasa Md Taib.
To-date, a total of RM150mil has been spent on various beautification projects around the town. The budget for the action plan has been set at RM250mil.
Enhancements made to Taman Dengkil Jaya include the clearing of a sidewalk along the residential area of Jalan Kenanga 14 for recreational purposes.
In addition to having a jogging track, residents can now use it as a community garden, said MPSepang Landscape Department architect Arefah Rahim.
Twenty-six planter boxes will be provided by the council for residents to grow their own edible plants.
“This area was cluttered with trees and looked unappealing. The initiative will bring uniformity to the landscape here,” added Arefah.
The council also commissioned a mural to be done on a side wall of a telecommunications corner shop in Jalan Kenanga 2.
Future plans also include upgrades to the children’s’ playground in Jalan Kenanga 6.
Long-time residents in Taman Dengkil Jaya are welcoming the changes with open arms.
Azlan Hassan, a Malaysia Airlines employee who has resided here for 19 years, remembers a time when Dengkil was a quiet cowboy town.
“The roads had only one lane and were rarely used at night. Today, Jalan Besar has become a busy thoroughfare with four lanes,” said Azlan.
As a homeowner, Azlan is happy with the significantly higher property prices in Dengkil, thanks to the livelier atmosphere in the area.
Resident of 40 years, Muneswary Rengasamy, said she was proud to participate in the programme. Her family helped officials in a gotong-royong session to spruce up the neighbourhood last year.
When asked if the upgrade was in anticipation of the influx of tourism upon the completion of the Lebuhraya Putrajaya–KLIA Expressway (MEX II), due for completion within the next five years, Puasa said the future looked optimistic for Dengkil town.
But for now, the council’s goal in forging ahead with these upgrades is simple.
“We want to create a conducive environment for people to raise their families,” added Puasa.