PETALING JAYA: Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai has described the launch of Phase 1 of the Sg Buloh-Kajang MRT Line (SBK) as a “milestone” in strengthening the country’s urban rail network.
The 21km track running along one of the most populated and developed suburban areas between Sg Buloh and Bukit Damansara, said Liow, was set to ease traffic congestion as commuters were provided easy access to public transport.
“Indeed, this marks an important landmark and a step forward for our nation’s transport system as a whole.
“Our enhanced rail network will have spillover benefits on Malaysia’s economic growth as connectivity sees a solid boost and overall quality of life improves as a result,” he said in a statement here yester-day.
“It is with great anticipation that I look forward to watching the progress of MRT’s operations as well as Phase 2’s launch in the future,” said Liow.
He had earlier attended the launch of Phase 1 with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak at the Kwasa Damansara station here yesterday.
Liow said as part of the vision by the Government and the Transport Ministry to create a connected and efficient transport system within the country, some RM70bil in investments had been allocated for the development of urban rail networks within the Greater Kuala Lumpur and Klang Valley in the past six years.
This, he added, comprised the LRT, monorail, KTMB Komuter service and the Klang Valley Double Track project.
Earlier at the launch, 14 retailers received their letters from Najib to open kiosks at the stations.
AJ Delicacies director Jamil Gulam Nabi said he was awarded letters to operate three kiosks at stations under Phase 2 – Taman Mutiara, Bukit Dukung and Sg Jernih.
Jamil said their convenience shops would be selling beverages and snacks as well as offering e-pay services for commuters to reload their Touch n’ Go cards.
Other retailers expected to open kiosks at the stations are Watsons, 7-11, Rotiboy and Japanese convenience store Family Mart at the Taman Tun Dr Ismail stop.
MRT Corp Commercial and Land Management director Datuk Haris Fadzilah Hassan said its system could track a commuter’s movements based on the Touch n’ Go cards used at its Park And Ride facilities and to enter the MRT stations.
“Those who park their cars at these facilities but do not use the MRT will be charged the hourly rate,” he said.
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