No changes to public transport masterplan for now


THERE are currently no plans to review or renew the Selangor Public Transport Masterplan which consists of 12 rail-based projects to help improve connectivity in the state.

“We will stick to our masterplan for now as it has been drawn up as a long-term plan for the state to achieve its target of a 60:40 public transport to private vehicles ratio by 2035,” said Selangor local government, public transport and new village development committee chairman Ng Sze Han.

He said this in response to a question from R. Rajiv (PH-Bukit Gasing) on the status of the masterplan.

Rajiv asked if the state would be meeting with the relevant agencies to expedite the construction of rail projects in the state based on the masterplan drawn up in 2015, after he had pushed for it through a motion at a state assembly sitting in 2013.

Among the projects in the 12 rail-based proposals in the masterplan are the construction of MRT 1 and MRT 2.

To this, Ng explained that many discussions and meetings had taken place before the

masterplan was submitted to Transport Ministry to be included in the 12th Malaysia Plan.

He said the projects would incur high costs and the involvement of various parties, adding that this would also take time.

At the sitting, Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari said any changes to rules and regulations for Malaysian Road Record Information System (Marris) projects must be approved by Finance Ministry.

He said this in response to a question from Rozana Zainal Abidin (PH-Permatang) who asked if changes could be made to Marris guidelines on the use of funds.

Currently, the funds are allowed to be used for only repair and maintenance works for state, village and agricultural roads.

“We have to adhere to the rules and regulations stipulated by Finance Ministry pertaining to the maintenance of state roads.

“Using funds for purposes not specified must be presented to the ministry.

“If approved, then it will be presented to the National Finance Council for further approval,” he added.

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