PUTRAJAYA is destined to be a vibrant city and the main focus is to liven up the city during the night through the Putrajaya Lighting Master Plan (PLMP) and the introduction of commercial as well as F&B outlets and facilities for al-fresco dining.
The facilities will be introduced at the lake-side promenade with lake restaurants and outdoor cafes on the streets. However, no exact figures are available as to how many such outlets will eventually be developed.
Suitable parts of Persiaran Perdana Boulevard will also have kiosks that would offer interesting wares for sale to attract tourists.
Perbadanan Putrajaya (PPj) president Tan Sri Samsudin Osman said 4mil sq metres of commercial development was in the works.
“A large proportion of these will be F&B outlets and facilities for al-fresco dining. According to our Detailed Urban Development (DUD) guidelines, all buildings, including government buildings, are required to have F&B and retail outlets on the ground floor,’’ he said.
The DUD guidelines, which cover the Core Island, already allows for kiosks and small retail outlets along the Persiaran Perdana Boulevard.
He said commercial areas located by the lake side such as those in Precinct 2, 4, 5 and 8 were also encouraged to take full advantage of the lake views and have F&B outlets and facilities for al-fresco dining.
Samsudin added that the PPj was embarking on a study under the 9th Malaysia Plan with the objective of turning the 38km lake promenade into a bustling area.
One floating restaurant can already be found in Precinct 6 which forms part of the Pullman Putrajaya Lakeside Complex.
Samsudin said the PLMP was the document which established the policies governing urban lighting in Putrajaya to complement the planning and design of the buildings and structures.
He said the PLMP gave guidance to developers in terms of practical and functional aspects of the exterior lighting.
“The aim is to ensure that the buildings and structures are properly lit up at night to bring about a city nightscape with a great ambience befitting the role of Putrajaya as the Federal Government’s Administra-tive Centre’’ Samsudin said.