FT Minister Khalid Abdul Samad and Putrajaya Corporation President Datuk Dr Aminuddin Hassim (third left) release pigeons at Putrajaya Park's Day programme held in conjunction with the Federal Territory Day 2019 at Padang Semarak Taman Wetland, Precinct 13 , today. – Bernama photo
FT Minister Khalid Abdul Samad and Putrajaya Corporation President Datuk Dr Aminuddin Hassim (third left) release pigeons at Putrajaya Park’s Day programme held in conjunction with the Federal Territory Day 2019 at Padang Semarak Taman Wetland, Precinct 13 , today. – Bernama photo

PUTRAJAYA: The Federal Territories Ministry is intensifying efforts to gazette public parks across the country, covering at least 250 acres in each state.

Minister Khalid Abdul Samad said this was being done through the National Landscape Department under the ministry to maintain and protect the parks in the public interest.

He said it included gazetting large scale public parks such as the 370-acre Bukit Kiara Federal Park in Kuala Lumpur.

“We want to gazette them so that we can maintain and protect these areas, whereby every state will have a park that can be visited by its people.

“It is a continuous process, and is currently understood that the state of Pahang has identified 250 acres of land (for the purpose),” he said after launching the Putrajaya Park’s Day at Putrajaya Wetlands Park here today.

He added that Putrajaya Corporation (PPj) had planned for the development of 13 public parks in Putrajaya, and 10 were already completed.

“All the parks have been built with unique concepts, themes, characters and environments, in line with the concept of Putrajaya being the ‘Garden City’,” he said.

“I welcome the PPj’s initiative in making Putrajaya an ideal and competitive tourism destination,” he said.

Nearly 3,000 visitors attended the event today which included the ‘SheRun 2019’ programme with running distances of 3km, 5km and 8km. – Bernama