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Thursday June 14, 2012

Pedestrian bridge near PWTC area almost complete

PEDESTRIANS heading to the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) and to the Putra Bus Terminal will soon be able to move with ease as the pedestrian bridge near the area is nearing completion.

The pedestrian bridge connects the PWTC LRT station to Sunway Putra Mall, Seri Pacific Hotel, PWTC and the bus terminal.

It provides shade from the rain and sun, comfort and a well-lighted atmosphere.

There are also facilities for the disabled with tact tiles and lifts for better mobility.

This is a National Key Results Areas (NKRA) project by the government under the economic stimulus package 2009 allocation.

The project is aimed at promoting the use of the integrated public transportation system in order to achieve the 60:40 proportion use of cars and public transportation.

The project was built at a cost of RM10.9mil by Syarikat Prasarana Negara Bhd.

The first phase began in September 2010 until December 2011 while the second phase began in November 2011 and ends in August this year.

Kuala Lumpur City Hall deputy director-general (project execution and maintenance) Mohd Najib Mohd paid a working visit to the bridge recently.

He said the bridge helped serve people coming from the north via the bus terminal to get to the city via the LRT.

“The place has a shopping mall which will operate during festive seasons as well as during the fasting month.

There will also be exhibitions. It will help people move smoothly when they visit PWTC as linkages are important.

“As for the pedestrian bridge along Jalan Sultan Ismail, it will be completed in January 2013. It will start from the LRT station to Maju Junction and to the Medan Tuanku Monorail station.

“DBKL is also gradually upgrading pedestrian walkways on Jalan Ampang, Jalan Ipoh, Jalan Bukit Bintang, Chow Kit and Jalan Nagasari. At present, there are about 30kms of pedestrian walkways in Kuala Lumpur,” he said.

He added they wanted to promote the safe city concept for the people in Kuala Lumpur.