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Friday November 21, 2008

Cyberjaya created to be an ICT hub

CYBERJAYA was born when the federal government decided to create an information communication technology (ICT) hub to complement the newly-launched Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) in 1997.

Developer Setia Haruman was given the job for the overall development of the basic physical infrastructure and general facilities in the 2,894ha Cyberjaya flagship zone.

Setia Haruman is also to offer assistance to the MSC status companies to obtain the appropriate land and approval for sub-division and building plans.

Its role is to plan, design and prepare the primary infrastructure for the flagship zone and subsequently sell parcels of land to sub-developers and individual purchasers who will have the flexibility to design their own premises subject to permitted planning guidelines.

Cyberview Sdn Bhd is the landowner of Cyberjaya.

According to its managing director Redza Rafiq, emphasis has been placed on sophisticated urban structures for businesses, homes, education and recreation with eco-friendly development given the priority.

Cyberjaya, which is under the MSC jurisdiction, is supported by secure cyberlaws, strategic policies and a range of financial and non-financial incentives for investors.

“Cyberjaya has been transformed into an intelligent city with world-class standards and facilities,” Redza said.

As part of the efforts to curb traffic congestion in Cyberjaya, public transportation has been adequately provided for.

There is a dedicated transport system (DTS) linking Cyberjaya to various places in the Klang Valley, and a free shuttle service for inner city transportation.

The area also has ample parking facilities where residents and commuters can park their vehicles at the designated areas and ride the public transport.

“Total number of parking lots available so far is 1,191 bays with seven for buses at the junction of Persiaran Rimba Permai and Persiaran APEC,” Redza said.

There is also the innovative park and ride (P&R) scheme that started in July last year.

The P&R service provides free parking at designated terminals to allow people to take the buses to various areas in Cyberjaya. The free service runs from 7am to midnight.

“Commuters can leave their vehicles at the designated car parks and hop on the free shuttles during the operating hours,” Redza said.

“It saves time and money and also avoids traffic congestion amid the hassle of finding parking spots in the township,” he said.

A DTS study, meanwhile, revealed that almost 90% of bus passengers are aged between 20 and 40 years with 61% of the total riders being women.

“The DTS currently serves seven routes and operates round-the clock throughout the week to cater for shared services and outsourcing companies that operate in a similar way,” Redza said.

Currently, the DTS has routes to KL Sentral, LRT Gombak, Bangi, Kepong, Klang Parade, Seremban and Banting.

Nearly 24% of the 2,475 passengers using the service in August this year were travelling the KL Sentral route with 23% to Kepong. The least was to Banting with less than 3%.

Accodring to Redza, all DTS buses are equipped with mobile tracking units (MTU) capable of monitoring the buses via the global positioning system (GPS) to ensure the safety and timeliness to the passengers.

The current charge for a monthly DTS pass is RM213. The passes are obtainable at the Cyberview office.

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