KUALA LUMPUR: The RapidKL Monorail track between Hang Tuah and Imbi stations has reopened and full service has resumed following its closure since July 2 due to sinkholes that occurred in the area.
"We have been given the green light by our consultant to resume normal service between Hang Tuah and Imbi (stations). We are in the process of injecting more trains onto the mainline," RapidKL Monorail chief operating officer Encik Abdul Hadi Amran said in a statement, adding that normal services had resumed since 4pm Wednesday.
The Fire and Rescue Services Department had directed RapidKL on July 2 to temporarily suspend its monorail service between the Imbi and Hang Tuah stations due to the sinkholes that appeared at the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) underpass project near the Jalan Pudu and Jalan Hang Tuah junction.
The 35m, four-vehicle lane DBKL underpass project was under construction to ease congestion at the Jalan Imbi intersection, when it collapsed to a depth of five metres following soil movement on July 2.
On July 6, DBKL project implementation and maintenance deputy director-general Datuk Mohd Najib Mohd assured that the monorail service between Jalan Imbi and Jalan Hang Tuah stations was safe.
He said after going through several tests, DBKL was satisfied with safety conditions and it was now up to Rapid Rail Sdn Bhd to finalise the safety assessment of the route before continuing the monorail service.
The stoppage of service between the two stations affected thousands dependent on the monorail to move around the city, especially between the KL Sentral transport hub and Kuala Lumpur’s Golden Triangle area.
Other than the monorail, the cave-in virtually sealed off the entire junction, causing major traffic headaches, even to pedestrians.
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