DESPITE strict enforcement against illegal parking in Putrajaya, especially near the government offices at Complex A to E, since Oct 1, motorists are still at it.
But, come Dec 1, there will no longer be “free” parking for motorists who choose to illegally park their vehicles as Perbadanan Putrajaya (PPj) will be adding 500 bays with Pay and Display (P&D) facilities outside the government complexes.
The PPj enforcement team has been going round and issuing summonses to cars parked along the roadside, road shoulders and other undesignated areas where congestion has reached a critical point.
PPj city services department director Datuk Abdul Ghani Ahmad said the move was to encourage the public, especially government employees, to use the Nadi Putra bus services.
And, while it is easier said than done, PPj would work closely with the government offices and find solutions to encourage commuters to use the Nadi Putra services.
“It is going to be a difficult proposition as parking within the government offices is beyond our jurisdiction. The only way out is to implement the P&D system. This would avoid congestion both inside and outside the government offices,” Abdul Ghani said.
Currently, visitors to the government offices have a horrid time finding parking spaces as all available areas are taken up by government employees although PPj has carried out several “Jom Naik Bas” campaigns to create awareness on the Park and Ride (P&R) facilities.
“In such instances, it is not practical for visitors to use the P&R facility as they do not spend much time to conduct business at the various government departments. The P&D system would encourage more government employees to use the Nadi Putra services,” Abdul Ghani said.
Abdul Ghani added that the Nadi Putra ridership had been steadily increasing from 216,810 in January this year to 240,880 last month and, therefore, PPJ was looking into increasing the number of buses to meet the demand.
“This is despite illegal parking and once the enforcement gets into full gear with the implementation of the P&D system, the P&R system will be in full force and thus the need for more buses,” he said.
Abdul Ghani added that presently there were 70 buses servicing all major routes in the Federal administrative capital.
He said that PPj would be adding another 80 to complement the existing routes and to service new routes and housing areas in Precinct 5, 6, 14 and 15, which are nearing completion.
There are 3,400 parking bays at Precinct 1, 7 and 14, and enough bays for people to park their vehicles and then hop on to the P&R buses.