KL poor to get free ride to MRT and LRT stations

DISCUSSIONS are under way to provide free transport for residents of People’s Housing Project (PPR) to MRT and LRT stations in Kuala Lumpur.

This follows the success of an initiative for free buses that ferry children living in PPRs to and from schools.

Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said studies are being conducted to examine the needs of PPR folk for the provision of free shuttle bus services.

The service is meant to ease the burden of PPR residents and enable them to use public transportation.

In addition to the free bus service, 13 multi-storey parking lots are being built at PPR and Public Housing Projects (PA) around Kuala Lumpur with a capacity of around 700 to 800 vehicles each.

“When PPR flats were being built, we did not anticipate the residents would need a carpark because they were not able to own cars at that time," he said.

He added with the rise in living standards, areas surrounding PPRs have become congested as more residents have become vehicle owners.

“The carparks will follow the concept of the multi-storey parking lot beside the Bukit Aman police headquarters; but each carpark will be different according to the needs of PPR flat residents.

“People can rent the top floor or basement for restaurants or food stalls.

“Then, Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) will not need to spend for the maintenance of the carparks as the rental from eateries can cover the costs," he explained.

Apart from renting spaces for restaurants, Tengku Adnan also said part of the carpark can also be used as a community hall.

“Work to build the carparks will start next month,” he said at the handover ceremony for house keys of PPR Pinggiran Bukit Jalil units to DBKL civil servants last week.

The programme was initiated to assist DBKL employees with getting a house to call their own.

From a total of 632 units offered for Block G and Block H of PPR Pinggiran Bukit Jalil, 561 units have been snapped up.

The two blocks have been named Seri Ceria Apartments 1 and 2.

At a cost of RM42,000 per unit, the Housing and Local Government Ministry’s proposed a Rent-To-Own concept as an alternative financing facility, offered to eligible DBKL employees for the PPR Pinggiran Bukit Jalil.

DBKL will identify other areas to be developed as affordable housing for the public and qualified personnel to meet the growing demand for housing in the city.

“Out of the 10,000 DBKL employees, we found that more than 5,000 do not own a house. So far, we have allocated 2,000 units to them.

“We will offer units to the police and fire department as well as other government sectors after all DBKL staff have been given a place.

“The needs of persons with disabilities (OKU) have also been taken into account with the allocation of eight units located on the ground floor.

“As the units will be occupied by DBKL staff, I hope the Seri Ceria Apartments will become a model residence in terms of management, maintenance, safety and hygiene for other PPR flats,” said Tengku Adnan.

As part of its Corporate Social Responsibility efforts, Pavilion Group, YTL Corporation Bhd and Goh Ban Huat Berhad provided tiles, paint and washroom facilities for the approximately 650 sq ft PPR flat.

The 12 multi-storey carparks will be built at PA Seri Kota, Pa Desa Rejang, PPR Taman Mulia, PPR Desa Tun Razak, PPR Raya Permai, PPR Intan Baiduri, PPR Pekan Kepong, PPR Taman Wahyu, PPR Semarak, PPR Seri Pantai, PA Seri Sabah, PA Gombak Setia, and PPR Batu Muda.

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