THREE mini Ramadan bazaars are being planned for Putrajaya, in addition to the usual spot near Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin Mosque in Precinct 3, to disperse the concentration of food stalls in one area.
In previous years, there had been only one big-scale bazaar that consisted of more than 200 stalls and offered over 1,000 types of food.
This year, three smaller bazaars have been added to the list, which are Laman Perdana in Precinct 1 and Laman Duta in Precinct 15 for food stalls, while the area in front of Putrajaya Corporation in Precinct 3 has been allocated for food trucks.
Cumulatively, the bazaars will consist of some 200 stalls, similar to previous years.
Putrajaya Corporation (PjC) City Services Department’s commercial, business development and licensing division director
Noor Sita Abbas said she was confident that the arrangement would be able to cater to the demand for breaking of fast at the government complexes and among residents.
“There will be a variety of dishes, drinks, grilled food, kuih as well as other desserts like cakes and biscuits.
“It will be open from 3pm to 8pm.
“The rental for a 64sq ft lot has been maintained at RM850 with a deposit of RM400, but the RM60 for a business licence has been exempted in line with Federal Territories Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa’s announcement on efforts to assist food traders and others whose incomes have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and movement control order.
“PjC has also limited applications to only one trader per household, ” she added.
Noor Sita said PjC would monitor operations at the bazaar, including matters pertaining to lots and licensing.
“We will check on cleanliness, especially for stalls that have cooking on site.
“We will ensure all traders abide by the licensing requirements, such as having typhoid jabs and food handling certificates, to prevent food poisoning.
“Visitors to the bazaar must wear their face masks properly, keep at least a one metre distance from others and use hand sanitiser, ” she said. — By VIJENTHI NAIR