Sunday, September 27

LRT line extension works progressing well, sees 30 per cent completion — Prasarana

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CHAIN REACTION: Shahril said the LEP would provide across-the-board returns for people at all levels and create a chain reaction on business opportunities. — Bernama photo

KELANA JAYA: The LRT line extension works are progressing well and are expected to be completed by 2014, Syarikat Prasarana Negara Bhd (Prasarana) group managing director Datuk Shahril Mokhtar said yesterday.

He said the project, with a projected construction cost of RM7 billion, was 30 per cent complete.

“The line extension project will not only enhance mobility for people in the Klang Valley but also in terms of their economic well-being,” he told reporters at the launch of the line extension project (LEP) here.

Shahril said the LEP would provide across-the-board returns for people at all levels and create a chain reaction on business opportunities.

“It will be a catalyst for economic development along the alignments especially at the new stations and its surrounding areas.

“Business opportunities and new jobs will be created. Property value will increase around the extended Kelana Jaya and Ampang lines,” he said.

The LEP is as one of the key initiatives under the National Key Result Areas (NKRAs).

It is a major effort by the government to transform the country’s public transport services.

Being a project of national interest and for the benefit of the people, Shahril appealed for close cooperation and support from all parties especially residents affected by the construction works.

“We aim to cut your inconvenience to the minimum level and your discomfort to the shortest time possible, while at the same time complete this project as swift as possible with strict adherence to all safety standards as set by the Department of Occupational Safety and Health,” he said.

Once the LRT rail extensions were completed, it would serve additional 500,000 people daily from current 300,000 people daily, Shahril said. — Bernama