DIRTY back lanes and drains, illegal structures and double parking are some of the issues in Puchong’s Bandar Puteri 1 and two commercial areas.
Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) hopes to solve them once it starts a rejuvenation project there.
The project involves 12 back lanes and 799 business premises.
It is the third of its kind by MPSJ after having spruced up the Kenari commercial area in Puchong Jaya and Sunway Metro.
To ensure that the project runs smoothly, MPSJ engaged with business owners through a town hall to identify their problems and priorities.
The town hall at the Puchong Financial Corporate Centre, Bandar Puteri Puchong, drew more than 100 people who were briefed on the council’s plans before they broke into discussion groups.
State Local Government, Public Transport and New Village Development Committee chairman Ng Sze Han urged business owners to work together with MPSJ to improve the condition of Bandar Puteri 1 and 2 commercial areas.
“Bandar Puteri is a business hub and we can even call it the Central Business District of Puchong, but it does not reflect the image of a CBD.
“We need to turn Bandar Puteri 1 and 2 into a financial and commercial hub that we can be proud of,” he said.
Ng said maintenance and cleanliness in the commercial area was of utmost importance.
“We can keep playing the blame game but it will not solve the problem. Everyone must cooperate,” he added.
Ng reminded business owners that the back lanes were public spaces and not for personal use.
MPSJ president Noraini Roslan, who briefed business owners about the project, said the goal was to turn Bandar Puteri 1 and 2 into an advanced, sustainable, healthy and clean area.
She said MPSJ hoped to change people’s habits and improve infrastructure in the commercial area. She added that MSPJ aimed to be awarded a city status this year or by January next year.
“With this award, we have to raise our standards to become a world-class city,” she said, adding that allocation for the project would depend on the issues that need to be addressed and that they estimated to complete the project within six months.
Also present at the town hall was MPSJ deputy president Mohd Zulkurnain Che Ali, MSPJ Zone 16 councillor George Yap and MPSJ department heads, who went on a walkabout with Ng and Noraini to inspect back lanes in the commercial area.