25-year plan for commercial development in Putrajaya

Muhammad Azmi says next 25 years will be focused on making the city liveable and vibrant.

PUTRAJAYA Corporation (PjC) will prepare a blueprint to boost the commercial sector in the administrative capital over the next 25 years.

March 1 marked PjC’s silver jubilee and a symbolic ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at the PjC Complex field in Precinct 3 with senior management staff to commemorate the milestone.

At the ceremony, its president Datuk Muhammad Azmi Mohd Zain said almost all components envisioned for the city to function as an administrative capital had been completed.

“As such, the next 25 years will be focused on making the city lively and vibrant, ” he said.

He noted that the Putrajaya master plan visualised that the city would have a population of 350,000 by year 2030, with about 55% of the population being civil servants.

“But the city now has a population of 100,000 people, with 90% being civil servants.

“There are many commercial parcels that are yet to be developed.

“PjC is looking at giving incentives, such as expediting applications as well as increasing plot ratio and density to encourage commercial development.

“If Putrajaya Holdings has no plan to develop its land in the next 10 to 15 years, we will apply to rent the lots for activity centres, ” he added.

Muhammad Azmi said a task force would be set up to look into specific commercial development while waiting for the blueprint to be finalised.

He said the idea was to ensure a balanced development in order to have economic activity without compromising the city’s identity as the administrative capital.

“We will start with the development of Putrajaya Sentral in Precinct 7, where the MRT is expected to launch middle of this year.

“There is also a plan to have a sports recreational hub in Precinct 4, ” he said.

To attract more people to live in Putrajaya, Muhammad Azmi said more housing was also on the cards.

“The Residensi Prihatin initiative of providing houses priced at RM200,000 is underway. It is open to all Malaysians.

“We also have young entrepreneur programmes to help hawkers and improve the people’s income and purchasing power, ” he said.

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