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Old October 6th, 2010, 08:10 PM   #781
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MRT project may exceed RM36b
By Kamarul Yunus Published: 2010/10/02
http://www.btimes.com.my/Current_New...amirt/Article/

THE proposed Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) project for "Greater Kuala Lumpur (KL)" may cost more than the initial estimates of RM36 billion, given the various phases of its implementation, Land Public Transport Commission (LPTC) chairman Tan Sri Syed Hamid Syed Jaafar Albar said.

"It is not a small amount. There are various phases involved. Talking about the RM36 billion, is just for the construction," he said

Syed Hamid spoke to reporters after presenting his keynote address at ABB Malaysia's forum on powering the rails in Malaysia held in Kuala Lumpur, yesterday.

The government is doing a technical study on the MRT project to ascertain the viability and cost of the multi-billion ringgit project. It is due in the middle of this month.

"When completed, we will present the technical report to the government and once it's approved by the Cabinet, we can look at value management studies," he said.

But Syed Hamid stressed taht the government views the project as important, and wants to implement it as soon as possible.

"I can only say that the government sees the need and urgency of getting things done. It is part of the government's transformation of the public transport system. It is a programme they want to implement," he said.

Earlier in his speech, Syed Hamid said the MRT project would be integrated with other rail transport providers and is expected to be implemented in early stages of the 10th Malaysia Plan (2011-2015).
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Old October 6th, 2010, 08:12 PM   #782
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SPAD close to finishing study on MRT
By SHARIDAN M. ALI Saturday October 2, 2010
http://biz.thestar.com.my/news/story...4&sec=business

KUALA LUMPUR: The technical study on the mass rapid transit (MRT) system proposal should be completed by middle of this month after which a report will be presented to the Government said Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) chairman Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar.

Syed Hamid said SPAD hired a consultant to undertake the study and would present the outcome to the Government. “Once it is approved by the Cabinet, we can look at the value management study. The Government sees the need and urgency of this as it’s part of the public transformation system.”

He said the Greater KL conurbation had been identified as a new key economic area under the 10th Malaysia Plan (10MP) where several initiatives were already underway to enhance the city public transportation network.

“Among the key initiatives on the Government’s radar are investments on public rail transport that include the implementation of high-capacity MRT system and the expansion of light rail transit (LRT).

“Works on the extended LRT lines are expected to start in November,” he told reporters after delivering the keynote address at the ABB forum entitled Powering the Rails in Malaysia – delivering efficient and reliable solutions for sustainable mobility.

To recap, the proposed MRT system, consisting three lines running a total of 150km within a 20km radius of central Kuala Lumpur, was initiated by a joint venture between MMC Corp Bhd and Gamuda Bhd earlier this year with estimated cost RM36bil.

On the departure of SPAD chief operating officer Shahril Mokhtar (who has been appointed group managing director of Syarikat Prasarana), Syed Hamid said any vacancy would be filled up and it was SPAD’s priority to hire qualified people to man its operations.

Meanwhile, Gamuda executive director Datuk Paul Ha said there was a lot of potential for bonds to be issued to finance the proposed MRT system. “The Malaysian bond market is reasonably matured where the public debt security approved by Securities Commission is around RM57bil last year,” he said.

Meanwhile, in his presentation Is there a gap in the current rail infrastructure in Malaysia? Ha said there was a need for efficiency and sustainability for the development, management and operations of the country’s rail assets through proper regulations in order to see the best results from the transport system.

“Among the key principle for rail operators is the separation of the asset ownership from the operators to reinforce accountability and establish appropriate arms-length relationships

“We must also separate the capital expenditure burden of the asset from the operational costs that can be effectively recovered from the users. There needs to have a corporate structure that strengthens accountability for performance to stakeholders and shareholders,” he said.

ABB South Asia region manager Sim Boon Kiat said the group had been steadily growing its rail portfolio and the revival of interest in Malaysia rail sector. “The demand for new railways, the electrification of the existing ones and increase in rail traffic is increasing.”
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Old October 20th, 2010, 02:50 PM   #783
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by Jose Barrock Tuesday, 19 October 2010 11:42
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KUALA LUMPUR: TRC Synergy Bhd and UEM Builders Intria Bina Sdn Bhd are believed to be at the last mile of the race to win the contract for the extension of the light rail transit (LRT) near Kelana Jaya.

Sources familiar with the matter said Syarikat Prasarana Negara Bhd, which is in charge of the country’s strategic planning of public transport, had recommended TRC Synergy to the Ministry of Finance to be the main contractor for the 9.2km LRT extension project.

If all goes well, TRC could bag the job as early as next month, a source said. Construction on the extension is slated to commence end of this year.

Nonetheless, UEM Builders Intria Bina Sdn Bhd’s joint venture (JV) is said to be lobbying hard to wrest the job from TRC’s clutches.

“They (UEM Builders Intria Bina) are lobbying very hard, but it looks like TRC is the front runner. However you cannot write off UEM (Builders Intria). They are a well-connected company,” the source said.

UEM Builders is wholly owned by UEM Group, in which government investment arm Khazanah Nasional Bhd, is the sole shareholder.

The cost of the civil works for the extension is estimated to be from RM900 million to slightly more than RM1 billion.

It is not known what was TRC’s bid, and its officials could not be reached for comments over the weekend.
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Old October 20th, 2010, 02:56 PM   #784
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http://thestar.com.my/metro/story.as...82&sec=central

Improvement to the public transportation system is long overdue and Budget 2011 spells out that the construction of the MRT will start next year and be completed in 2020 with RM40bil in private investment.

However, experts commented that putting MRT to serve as the new backbone of the system would not fully resolve congestion issues. The key is to effectively link the various modes of transport.

“MRT is an ambitious project that costs a huge sum but the money is not cleverly spent if it is only looked at from the perspective of a ‘new project’ instead of serving to rectify the existing transport problems,” said urban planner and University Malaya lecturer Professor Madya Dr Melasutra Md Dali.

“The ineffectiveness of public transportation in the Klang Valley is not so much of not having the infrastructure but the absence of an effective link between rail systems and buses,” she added.

Lee Lih Shyan agreed on the point, saying that the planners need to analyse the whole public transportation system and take a holistic approach to address the imbalance between public and private means of transportation.

Commuter C.S. Lim said the wait was too long.

“It is no doubt that the MRT will bring much relief to the current situation but it will only be ready in 2020 so we still have to deal with congestion that is at the brink of bursting for another 10 years.

“Something has to be done to address this. We urgently need an improvement on the modes to link commuters from their homes to the train stations. Just imagine, we have to wait for almost an hour for the feeder bus to arrive. How many will give up their cars for that?

Goh said it should be the backbone of a complete multi-modal public transportation system with other modes like buses and taxis, ERL, LRT and KTM in place.

“The MRT cannot solve the public transportation problem alone. It requires all existing modes to work,” he said.



Of interest: The public studying a model of The Greater Kuala Lumpur
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Old October 20th, 2010, 02:58 PM   #785
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Public looking forward to using the MRT
By PRIYA MENON Monday October 18, 2010

PEOPLE are happy with the proposed RM40bil Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) under the Greater Kuala Lumpur plan which is scheduled to begin next year.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announced that the project would provide an efficient and comfortable public transport system during the Budget 2011 on Friday.

The system will reduce travel time, increase connectivity in the Klang Valley and be integrated with other modes of transportation, including buses and taxis.

He also said 40% more people would use public transport after the MRT was introduced.

Natasha Abdul Aziz, 23, said the move would help alleviate the congestion in the light rail transit system (LRT) and the Komuter trains by the Keretaapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB).

She hoped that the MRT would be extended as far as Putrajaya as well as other sub-urban areas, including Subang Jaya and Puchong.

“The cost of taking taxis is taking a toll on us and with the MRT I believe the cost of travelling will be cheaper and more people would benefit,” added Natasha.

Seremban resident S.M.D Jayakumar Nelson said the MRT would help reduce travelling time to his work place in Subang Jaya.

However, he was sceptical about the efficiency of the MRT, citing current transportation woes in the Klang Valley.
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Substantial orders in line for TRC Synergy — Analysts
Posted on October 20, 2010, Wednesday
http://www.theborneopost.com/?p=69714

KUCHING: Given the green light for several construction projects to commence under Budget 2011, construction player TRC Synergy Bhd (TRC Synergy) was slated to clinch the role of main contractor for the 9.2 kilometre (km) Kelana Jaya line on the back of benefitting from various jobs in Sarawak’s construction market.

Analysts at HwangDBS Vickers Research Sdn Bhd (HwangDBS Research) understood that the group was the frontrunner to be the main contractor for

the Kelana Jaya line in the Klang Valley, part of the 17.7km stretch which closed for tender in late August

and was awaiting award.

The research house estimated total contract value to be worth at least RM1 to RM1.5 billion, half of the RM2.5 to RM3 billion for Package A that included 7.2km of Ampang line.

The procurement of this project, said the research firm, would see TRC Synergy’s order book ballooning four-fold to RM1.9 billion from a current RM0.4 billion which implied a four or five years earnings visibility.

This was on the back of TRC Synergy hoping to see substantial order book replenishment over the next three to six months after a period of muted contract wins.

Its total tender book which amounted to RM3.3 billion included the light railway transit (LRT) extensions and infrastructure works worth approximately RM1 billion in the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE) project amidst a RM200 million job for the East Coast Economic Region (ECER).

It noted that TRC Synergy’s UPK licence would allow the group to compete in the closed Sarawak construction market which is currently dominated by a handful of players.

The research house understood that there were 15 packages in SCORE that was opened to UPK licence holders.

HwangDBS Research sustained its belief that contract flows in the state would be strong, given the anticipated rollout of more projects in SCORE and the upcoming state elections.
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Published: 2010/10/01
http://www.btimes.com.my/Current_New...cle/index_html

THE technical study for the proposed Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system is expected to be completed by mid-October, said Land Public Transport Commission (LPTC) chairman Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar Syed Jaafar Albar.

The MRT, which will be the largest infrastructure project in Malaysia when it takes off, was identified under the government's Economic Transformation Programme, to be integrated with existing rails systems and would cover major parts of Kuala Lumpur.

Gamuda and MMC Corp are the known bidders for the project.

"We will present the technical report to the government and once it's approved by the Cabinet, we can look at value management studies," Syed Hamid told reporters after opening the "ABB Forum On Powering The Rails in Malaysia" in Kuala Lumpur today.

Rail operators, industry experts, financiers and investment bankers are attending the one-day forum to focus on solutions for an efficient and reliable rail system to fast track the nation's growth and economic reforms in tandem with the Tenth Malaysia Plan.

Meanwhile, he said the Light Rail Transit, which has assumed an important role in relieving traffic congestion in the Klang Valley, would be further improved with the planned extension of the Ampang and Kelana Jaya lines.

The Ampang project comprises a 17.7km track which would cover densely populated areas in Puchong while the Kelana Jaya LRT line would be extended approximately 17km to Subang Jaya and USJ.

"Construction of the extended lines are expected to start in November," Syed Hamid said, adding that the recent launch of the electric train service between Kuala Lumpur and Ipoh, operated by KTM Bhd, herald a new phase of rail upgrade in the country.

"Together with the double tracking project in the Northern section which will be completed by end-2013 and the link between Gemas and Johor Bahru targeted for completion in 2016, the rail sector is poised to emerge as a catalyst in the changing landscape of Malaysia's public transportation model," he said.
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Thursday October 21, 2010
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PETALING JAYA: Contractors shortlisted for the first phase of the RM7bil of the light rail transit (LRT) extension would be announced by early next month said an industry source.

The first phase of the extension or package A for both Kelana Jaya and Ampang Lines involved 9.2km and 7.39km of construction length respectively.

The total extension length of the Kelana Jaya line is 17km and Ampang line 17.7km. The extension programme will see an additional 13 stations for each line.

The main construction or facilities work involves infrastructure components such as the guideway, piers and stations as well as the casting and delivery of segmental box girder for both lines.

Syarikat Prasarana Negara Bhd, a state-owned public transport operator that owns the assets of the two LRT lines, held a pre-bid briefing with the pre-qualified contractors for package A on June 22. The contractors were requested to submit their tenders in August.

It is understood the briefing was attended by 15 construction companies that included Sunway Construction Sdn Bhd, IJM Construction Sdn Bhd, Muhibbah Engineering Sdn Bhd, Gamuda Bhd, Bina Puri Holdings Bhd, Loh & Loh Corp Bhd and MRCB Engineering Sdn Bhd. — By SHARIDAN M. ALI
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Thursday, October 21st, 2010 12:56:00
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KUALA LUMPUR: Express Rail Link (ERL) users living in the Klang Valley can now enjoy a chauffeur-driven limousine ride from their doorstep straight to KL Sentral for the connecting train journey to the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).

This new pick-up service, called the KLIA Ekspres VIP Service Executive Home-to-Airport Pick-up, was launched here yesterday by Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar, chairman of the Land Public Transport Commission (LTC).

Also present was ERL Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Noormah Mohd Noor.

In his speech, Syed Hamid said he believed the service would encourage more people to use public transport.

"This ERL initiative is in line with LTC's objective of getting more people to use public transport while at the same time, increasing its attractiveness over private vehicles. It is good to see public transport operators introducing new services in order to give comfort and convenience to the public."

Syed Hamid stressed the importance of maintaining the quality of public transport in order to satisfy the needs of commuters.

Noormah said the pick-up service catered to specific groups of ERL users.

"This is targeted at busy executives going on business trips, families going on holiday and who appreciate porter service and friends travelling together who like to travel in style.

"It can also be a meaningful gift for loved ones, such as one's parents going overseas for a holiday."

Noormah said the pick-up service fleet of executive limousines comprised Toyota Camry, Ssangyong Stavic and Mercedez Benz E-Class vehicles.

The pick-up service also provides door-to-door transfers between KLIA and destinations in the city, including hotels, offices and commercial buildings.

From today to Nov 3, ERL is giving away an extra KLIA Ekspres train ticket for every home booking of the pick-up service (the bookings are for travel to be completed by Dec 31).

To book the service, visit www.VIPservice.com or call the hotline at 03-2278 9009.
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3 sets began commercial service on 31 December 2009. They now have about 16 sets in service out of a total of 22 (initial order). A further 13 are due, making the total number of 4-car sets 35 when the order is complete.
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More taking LRTs since addition of four-car trains
Thursday November 11, 2010
http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp...056&sec=nation

PETALING JAYA: The RapidKL LRT Kelana Jaya line has seen a significant increase in ridership since its expansion to 18 sets of four-car trains last month.

"Compared with the first nine months of 2009, monthly ridership for this year increased from 41.1 million commuters to 43.8 million (an increase of 6.5%), while average daily ridership for weekdays increased from 1,49 million commuters to 1.61 million (8.2%), Transport Minister Dato Seri Kong Cho Ha said in a statement yesterday.

Kong said that because of the additional four-car trains, the carriage capacity of the trains had also increased morning peak hour ridership rose by 34.4% from 234,904 people to 315,793 people.

Meanwhile, Kong announced that 91% of 634 bus stops had been refurbished under the National Key Result Areas (NKRA) initiative.

"We now have 71 refurbished bus stops and 498 others are nearing completion," he said.

Commenting on developments surrounding KL Sentral, he said that work to upgrade the 350m walkway which provided disabled-friendly facilities and shelter for pedestrians had also been completed.

"There will also be a permanent pedestrian bridge linking the main KL Sentral building to the KL Sentral monorail station. It will be completed next year," he added.

According to Kong, upgrading work at LRT stations at Masjid Jamek, Hang Tuah and Titiwangsa were on schedule and should be completed on time.

Kong also said 1.27 million of the outstanding 20.9 million unpaid traffic summonses between 2000 and 2009 had already been settled.

For this year alone, 824,220 or 26.3% of the 3.13 million traffic summons issued had been settled.

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Upgrading Interchange Station Projects:
- Masjid Jamek (LRT1, LRT2)
- Hang Tuah (LRT1, monorail)
- Titiwangsa (LRT1, monorail)



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September 6th, 2010

KUALA LUMPUR: Syarikat Prasarana Negara Bhd (Prasarana) has begun upgrading the Masjid Jamek, Hang Tuah and Titiwangsa light rail transit (LRT) stations to implement disabled-friendly features such as link bridges from the Kelana Jaya to Ampang LRT lines as well as lifts, ramps, toilets, chair lifts and elevators.

The upgrades are scheduled for completion by the end of 2011.

Prasarana will be spending RM51 million to upgrade these three LRT stations to provide an integrated transportation system with improved connectivity, accessibility and convenience for travelers.

The initiative includes a six-storey parking lot at the Gombak LRT station with 1,260 bays and one level specifically allocated for women.

The parking lot will also feature a parking guidance system, closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras and a panic button system.

Once completed, the parking rate would be a fixed rate of RM3 per entry for LRT commuters. Until then, a temporary parking area with 300 bays is available for commuters during the construction period.
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Monday November 15, 2010
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KUALA LUMPUR: The Keretapi Tanah Melayu Bhd (KTMB)-owned Electric Train Set (ETS), previously only available to passengers on the Ipoh-Kuala Lumpur-Seremban line, is now being used for daily commute to increase the daily passenger capacity, an initiative of the urban public transport NKRA of the GTP.

KTMB president Dr Aminuddin Adnan said the decision to use the ETS was a temporary solution while waiting for the 38 new electric trains that would only be ready in 2012.

He said there are currently 95,000 passengers who use the commuter service daily and 60,000 of them commute during rush hours.

“In order to provide commuter service every 15 minutes during rush hours, we would need to have 32 commuter trains. Seeing that we only have 27 commuter trains and four locomotive hybrid trains, we needed to use the ETS for the time being,” Aminuddin said.

The ETS has the capacity of 360 seats.

The Hyundai Rotem manufactured train set, would only be used during rush hours through 13 selected stations starting with a round trip from Seremban to Sungai Buloh beginning at 6.15am in the morning.

The train would then travel from Sentul to Seremban beginning at 6.30pm in the evening.

The ETS is only in service from Mondays to Fridays.

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Updated: Thursday November 18, 2010 MYT 7:30:03 PM
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PUTRAJAYA: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak wants the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) project under the Greater KL initiative to be implemented by July next year, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Idris Jala said.

He said the technical report on the project, including the route, had been completed and would be tabled to the National Economic Council and the cabinet for scrutiny this month.

"The public will be able to give their feedback after the council decides on the technical report," he told a news conference here Thursday.

Present was Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Minister Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin.

Idris said another project, the high-speed railway, would enter the first phase of studies for two months from early next year, to be followed by six months of detailed studies.

Meanwhile, Raja Nong Chik said the MRT route would be on federal land to avoid problems related to land acquisition while the distribution of MRT stations would be determined later.

He said among the locations to be served by the MRT lines was Kampung Baru, which would be among the focus areas of the Greater KL initiative.

The MRT system would be integrated with existing transport systems, he said, adding that Greater KL would also cover the rehabilitation of polluted rivers in the Klang Valley and greening of the national capital with the planting of 30,000 trees next year. - Bernama

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By KHARLEEZ ZUBIN Saturday November 20, 2010
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the first Metro Rail Transit (MRT) wagon will start running in the Klang Valley in 2016.
The Greater Kuala Lumpur/Klang Valley (GKLKV) steering committee established this recently at its second meeting.

Federal Territories & Urban Wellbeing Minister Datuk Raja Nong Chik said the technical report of the proposed MRT corridors had been established.

“Recommendations will be submitted to the Economic Council and the Cabinet for consideration later this month,” he told a press conference to announce updates on KLKV.

He said once the green light had been given the committee would study to plot locations of the routes and stations along the corridors.

“The public will have a chance to comment on these routes and stations under the public consultation process,” he said.

Besides, MRT, preliminary studies have started on the High Speed Rail, which together is expected to cost about RM60.4bil.

Raja Nong Chik said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had informed the Cabinet that he wanted the High Speed Rail project to start next year.

“A preliminary study will be conducted in January to assess the viability of the High-Speed Rail. This will take about two months and we expect to complete it in the first quarter of 2011,” he said.

A detailed feasibility study will be undertaken on the stations and routes in the later part of 2011.

“This study is expected to take about six months and will provide information on the value propositions along the route,” he noted.

Asked if he foresaw the problem dealing with land acquisition for the MRT project as it has been speculated that 60% of the routes would be in Selangor, Raja Nong Chik said the federal government would try to minimise land acquisition.

“Nothing has been finalised. The consultants are still studying,” he said.

The Selangor government has indicated that it would support the MRT and High-Speed Rail projects, as it would spur economic activity in the state, too.

Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim was reported saying early this month that the state needed to cooperate with the Federal Government on the Greater KL Plan because it would spur development in Selangor.

The Greater KL Plan, an initiative under the 10th Malaysia Plan, will see the redevelopment of strategic federal assets, including the Sungei Besi military airport, Pudu Jail, Kuala Lumpur Financial District, the planned township development on the Rubber Research Institute (RRI) land in Sg Buloh, the MRT and High-Speed Rail.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department and chief executive officer of the Performance Management and Delivery Unit (Pemandu) Senator Datuk Idris Jala, was also present at the press conference.

He said under the KL Initiative set up under the Grater KL Plan to attract leading companies to Klang Valley within priority sectors were on course.

“We managed to get Vale, the second largest metals and mining company in the world and one of the 30 largest publicily traded companies in the world to relocate their global shared service centre to Petaling Jaya,” he said. The other firm KL Initiate has managed to woo is oil and gas technology supplier Schlumberger, which recently announced in Kuala Lumpur the inauguration of a new financial hub in Kuala Lumpur offering financial services to support its daily operations.

“This is part of the Greater Kuala Lumpur Entry Point Project to attract the 100 new MNCs (multi-national corporations) to relocate its operations to Kuala Lumpur by 2020 and Schlumberger has entered our records as the first of the 100 MNCs that we want to attract,” said Idris.
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By Bernama Tuesday, 23 November 2010 16:27

KUALA LUMPUR: The government's plan to extend the light rail transit (LRT) service in the Klang Valley is well underway, the Dewan Rakyat was told on Tuesday, Nov 23.

Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Abdul Rahim Bakri said the extension project was now in its final stages of detailed designing, with over 95% already completed.

"Meanwhile, land acquisition and utility relocation are being done simultaneously," he said in reply to a question from Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed (BN-Kulai).

He said the project involved a 17.7 kilometre route extension to the Ampang line which will create 13 new stations and a 17 kilometre extension to the Kelana Jaya line whereby 13 new stations would.

Abdul Rahim said this in response to Nur Jazlan's question on the status of the LRT extension project in the Klang Valley and its benefits in terms of economic returns and interests to the public.

Abdul Rahim said the RM7 billion project was expected to be complete in 2013 in efforts to cater to passengers during peak hours, as well as provide commuters more comfort while travelling.

In addition to that, the project will present 2,000 job opportunities during its construction and 800 more after it operates.

"The 26 new stations will positively affect the economy of surrounding areas. Usually 60% of land and development within 400 metres from the LRT station will increase in value by 15%," he said.

Abdul Rahim said extension of the LRT lines will prove to be beneficial to the public in terms of reduced travelling time, traffic congestion, direct costs such as fuel, tyre wear and tear and toll fare, as well as improving comfort and living standards of the people.

He added that upon completion, the two LRT lines will connect at the Putra Heights station and form a complete rail system in the Klang Valley.

The Kelana Jaya line extension will be able to increase passenger capacity up to 98,000 during peak hours, while extension of the Ampang line can cater to 79,800 passengers. — Bernama

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