TWELVE hawkers have moved in as the first group of food operators at the newly opened Puchong Permai Hawker Centre in Puchong.
They comprise hawkers from the Puchong Permai roundabout, B40 individuals who are residents of apartments adopted by Subang Jaya City Council (MBSJ), as well as Puchong residents.
The centre was built by MBSJ to relocate and house hawkers in the Puchong Permai vicinity in a systematic and centralised manner.
Selangor public health, unity, women empowerment and family committee chairman Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud presented the 12 hawkers with kiosks sponsored by MBSJ. One of them also received entrepreneur assistance worth RM4,800.
Present to witness the handover was Subang Jaya mayor Noraini Roslan.
“Construction of the Puchong Permai Hawker Centre started on July 1,2020 and cost RM280,230, ” said MBSJ Corporate and Strategic Management Department deputy director Azfarizal Abdul Rashid in a statement.
The hawker centre with a proper roof has 64 trading lots, each measuring 3m x 3m in size.
“MBSJ has also provided kiosks measuring 1.8m x 0.9m each as a facility for the hawkers.
“There is also ample parking space and a playground for children, ” said Azfarizal.
He also highlighted that the Puchong Permai Hawker Centre was strategically located along Persiaran Puchong Permai, a busy main road.
“The hawker centre is also located next to a popular weekly farmers market.
“The former Uptown Puchong site nearby will be developed as a food court and a football field this year.
“We hope the hawkers who are relocated here will benefit from the facilities offered.
“At the same time, we hope that there will be less complaints and traffic congestion at the Puchong Permai roundabout due to illegal hawker stalls there, ” he said.
He reminded hawkers to comply with the rules or face action.
A protest was held last month when MBSJ enforcement officers demolished five illegal hawker stalls near the Puchong Permai roundabout.
There were 36 illegal stalls located along Jalan Taqwa in the township.
Of the total, 27 sold food and beverages, while others sold fruits, flowers and general goods.
MBSJ said the location was not suitable as a hawker site and that the hawkers breached their temporary permit conditions.
The hawker stalls were also located on road reserves and the stalls had permanent structures.
According to MBSJ, the hawkers continued to operate despite two notices issued by MBSJ for them to demolish the illegal structures themselves.
MBSJ said it had plans for an infrastructure upgrade at the affected road and roundabout and two briefings were held to update hawkers on the relocation exercise to the Puchong Permai Hawker Centre.