KAJANG: The construction of the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) Sungai Buloh-Kajang Line is on schedule and is now 31% complete.
Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Ahmad Maslan said the 51km-long MRT track was scheduled to be completed by July 2017.
Visiting the construction site of the Kajang MRT station at Jalan Reko here, he said the station would help ease traffic congestion in the town.
“The Kajang MRT station is also linked to the KTM station, making it an easy transit for commuters.
“There will also be a common ticket for commuters who interchange between the MRT and KTM,” he said after touring the site with Barisan Nasional candidate for the Kajang by-election Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun.
Chew is likely to contest against PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail after the state seat fell vacant following assemblyman Lee Chin Cheh’s resignation.
Ahmad said a multi-storey parking lot would be built close to the Kajang MRT station for motorists to park their vehicles before boarding the train.
The parking lot will fit 1,100 cars, 250 motorcycles and 35 bicycles, while Jalan Reko will be expanded from two to four lanes.
There will be three MRT stations within the Kajang area, namely Kajang, Bandar Kajang and Saujana Impian.
Ahmad said Kajang folks would not only enjoy modern public transportation but had the value of their property increased due to the development.
“Feeder buses will be available to pick up residents within 3km of each station,” he said.
Chew, who is MCA vice-president, said the MRT would help boost businesses in town and help develop Kajang.
“This project shows the Federal Government has a comprehensive plan to improve public transportation for the people,” she said.
Meanwhile, several Barisan leaders who were in town to campaign for Chew have called on voters to choose a candidate who will work hard for them.
Barisan Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin said that Chew’s track record as elected representative was impeccable.
Umno vice-president Datuk Shafie Apdal said it would a great loss if the people in Kajang did not choose Chew, who could bring greater development to the area.
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