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Tuesday July 8, 2008

RM570mil terminal project to proceed

THE Government will proceed with the RM570mil integrated transport terminal at Bandar Tasik Selatan which will replace Puduraya as Kuala Lumpur's main terminal for southbound buses.

Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Seri Lajim Ukin told the Dewan Rakyat during Question Time that the terminal would be ready by 2010.

He told Chua Tee Yong (BN – Labis) the terminal would cater to road-based public transport serving the southern part of the peninsula, namely Negri Sembilan, Malacca and Johor.

The terminal, first proposed in the late 1990s, would be located next to the Bandar Tasik Selatan light rail transit, KTM Komuter and Express Rail Link stations.

Lajim said construction work started in November last year and that with the new terminal, there would be a reduction of the number of public transport vehicles entering the city.

He said the new integrated terminal was expected to cater to 100,000 commuters from the nearby LRT, ERL and Komuter KTM stations.

Lajim also said that other upgrading of the transport system included double tracking from Seremban to Gemas at RM3.45bil, Ipoh to Padang Besar at RM12.485bil and Sentul to Batu Caves at RM557mil.

The Seremban-Gemas link would be ready by 2012, Ipoh–Padang Besar by 2013 and Sentul–Batu Caves by 2009.

“Syarikat Prasarana Negara Bhd has also bought 32 trains to ensure the LRT system would be more efficient,” he said.

To a question by M. Kulasegaran (DAP – Ipoh Barat), Lajim said KTM Bhd was waiting for new coaches to arrive by the end of the year to ply the Kuala Lumpur-Ipoh route.

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