SEVERAL changes have been made to the alignment of the MRT after taking public feedback into account.
The much-awaited final alignment was launched as MY Rapid Transit yesterday by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.
The changes in the alignment was done to minimise land acquisition and environmental impact and also to ease traffic congestion.
In the northern region, there is a change in the RRI station in Sungai Buloh to serve the future development and for better integration with the affordable housing projects.
In the central region, the alignment was tweaked at the Sunsuria development area so that only two commercial lots will be acquired.
The Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI) station originally proposed near the market will be combined with the proposed Section 17 station and moved to the Caltex station so that it would be further away from the residential areas.
The Bukit Bintang East and Bukit Bintang West stations have been combined into the Bukit Bintang Central station, located near the Jalan Sultan Ismail-Jalan Bukit Bintang junction, for better integration with the shopping district and KL Monorail system.
The alignment along Jalan Cheras between Bukit Dukung to Sg Jernih will now run along the Grand Saga highway so that only a few houses will be acquired.
The Bandar Kajang route has been realigned to move away from the town centre so that only one building will be acquired.
Besides the changes in alignment, three provisional stations have been included in the route at RRI, Taman Teknologi Kota Damansara and Bukit Kiara.