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Friday November 7, 2008

Masjid Jamek Plaza to open on Nov 15

THE long-awaited Masjid Jamek Station Plaza will be opened to the public on Nov 15.

The RM5mil development by the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) was aimed to provide further integration with the Ampang/Sri Petaling-line LRT station and to protect commuters from the weather.

Opening soon: The station has been handed over to Rapid KL and will be in use on Nov 15.

Construction of the plaza commenced on Nov 1, 2006, and phase 1 of the Plaza was completed on Oct 15.

The project faced slight delays due to several issues including site constraints, inclement weather and technical problems.

The plaza has been handed over to RapidKL, who will manage the station.

RapidKL senior manager (rail operations) Ismail Abdullah said that there were five entrances including one for people with disabilities.

Big plans: RapidKL communication manager Chellan Vasuderan, Ismail and Ebi discussing the next phase for the upgrade plans.

“Among the improvements done to the station are a new covered roof crossing the river, an increase in the level of the plaza crossing the river and an increase of the area.

“The level has been raised according to the specifications given by the Drainage and Irrigation Department,” Ismail said.

Ismail also said that there were some 170,000 people using the Kelana Jaya Line with 30,000 using the Masjid Jamek station alone.

RapidKL general manager (communications) Ebi Azly Abdullah said that the next phase would include the possibility of connecting both Masjid Jamek Stations as well as a full integration of the ticketing system between the Ampang and Kelana Jaya Lines.

“We hope to provide a better facility for the public,” he said.

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