PUTRAJAYA: Railway Assets Corporation (RAC) has been given a year to upgrade major KTM Bhd (KTMB) Komuter stations, including fitting them with lifts, says Transport Minister Anthony Loke.
He said the focus would be on big commuter stations with two platforms.
“This is the target that I have given to RAC, for them to expedite the process to provide lifts in major stations that have yet to have the facility.
“Even though there will be some challenges in implementing this, we must try to do it,” he told a press conference at the launch of RAC’s Railway Assets Intelligence System application here yesterday.
Loke said RAC and KTMB had been asked to carry out an audit to identify the stations to be given the priority, and to present a report to the ministry within a month.
“The audit must be done as soon as possible,” he added.
Loke said that persons with disabilities, senior citizens and pregnant mothers were among users of the commuter trains, hence lifts were a must in stations.
“I have received feedback from passengers and that is why I want the process to be shortened and the service be provided to the public as soon as possible,” he added.
He said that RAC was an agency with a significant income and revenue which could be used to improve facilities at train stations.
“We also want good governance to be observed, where any spending made must be brought before the board of directors for consideration and approval.
“This includes the appointment of contractors and approval of tenders, which must be in line with government policies,” Loke added.
RAC is a federal statutory body under the Transport Ministry.