Perking up Putrajaya

PERBADANAN Putrajaya (PPj) is drawing up a plan to liven up the otherwise quiet city at night.

Its president, Tan Sri Samsudin Osman, said more could be done to liven up the city both day and night by organising activities planned for the whole year.

It will start the ball rolling with the “Wow! Putrajaya” carnival to be held at the Farmers Market site in Precinct 2 on Feb 20 and 21 at 8.30pm.

The carnival will feature various activities such as car drift performance, futsal competition, walk and hunt, cycle hunt, wall-climbing and exhibitions on Big Boyz Toys, hot air balloon and auto shows.

To add glamour to the event, popular local singers like Ella, M. Nasir, Jamal Abdillah, Misha Omar, Aizat, Qhaud AF and Aisyah AF would be entertaining the crowd.

Samsudin said there was a general perception that Putrajaya had no life after working hours and that PPj was not doing enough to create awareness on the sports amenities available in the city.

“Last year we played host to 187 events and many of them were of international standard that drew tourists to Putrajaya like the Floria, Putrajaya Waterski Championship, Putrajaya Sailing Week, the Larian Ekiden, Pesta Perkahwinan, Hot Air Balloon and The Premier Cup Series Horse Show,’’ said Samsudin.

He said PPj was now looking at surpassing the number of events that were held last year by working closely with the Tourism Minitry and the Information, Culture and Arts Ministry to promote the various activities this year.

Samsudin said PPj main focus was to liven up the city at 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 will offer interesting wares for sale to attract tourists.

He said other areas for development include commercial areas in Precincts 2,3,4 and 8; a supermarket in Precinct 8, a hotel in Precinct 1, Autocity in Precinct 7, a stadium and a museum in Precinct 5 and a service industry in Precinct 14.

Commercial area proprietors, he added, were also encouraged to take full advantage of the lake views and have F&B outlets and facilities for al-fresco dining.

According to PPj’s Detailed Urban Development (DUD) guidelines, all buildings, including government buildings, are required to have F&B and retail outlets on the ground floor.

“The DUD guidelines, which cover the Core Island, already allows for kiosks and small retail outlets along the Persiaran Perdana Boulevard.

“We are embarking on turning the 38km lake promenade into a bustling area at night,’’ said Samsudin.

Samsudin said PPj was launching the “Wow! Putrajaya” carnival to give the “Wow” factor in starting the year and turning the city into a vibrant place.

The carnival will be launched by Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Minister Datuk Raja Nong Chik Datuk Raja Zainal Abidin at 10am on Feb 20. Admission is free.

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