Prasarana says Kelana Jaya-Ampang LRT line extension to begin on Thursday

A Light Rail Transit (LRT) train travels along its tracks in Kuala Lumpur as haze covers the city on June 23, 2013. The Kelana Jaya-Ampang LRT line extension will start operating on Thursday, Prasarana said today. — AFP pic
A Light Rail Transit (LRT) train travels along its tracks in Kuala Lumpur as haze covers the city on June 23, 2013. The Kelana Jaya-Ampang LRT line extension will start operating on Thursday, Prasarana said today. — AFP pic

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KUALA LUMPUR, June 25 — The Kelana Jaya and Ampang LRT Line Extension will commence its operations on June 30 as scheduled, said Prasarana Rail and Infrastructure Projects Sdn Bhd Chief Executive Officer Datuk Zohari Sulaiman.

He said Prasarana had received the support letters from various agencies for the Kelana Jaya Line LRT stations within the jurisdiction of the Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ).

“The One Stop Centre (OSC) of MPSJ also has accepted, checked, and acknowledged the submission, including the Certificate of Completion and Compliance (CCC) issued by the architects,” he said in a statement today.

Zohari was addressing the concern raised by MPSJ President, Datuk Nor Hisham Ahmad Dahlan who told the media yesterday that the council had not approved the CCC for the LRT stations due to the lack of parking facilities at selected stations.

He said for the remaining three Ampang Line LRT stations which came under the jurisdiction of MPSJ, they had also received all support letters from the various agencies including, MPSJ, Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (Syabas), Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB), Indah water Konsortium Sdn Bhd (IWK) and the Fire and Rescue Services Department.

“For the CCC issued by the architect for the remaining three Ampang Line LRT stations, the MPSJ OSC has confirmed that the submission can be made on Monday, June 27,” he said.

Zohari said once the documents were submitted and acknowledged by the MPSJ OSC, the CCC submission process was considered complete.

Zohari clarified that with the introduction of the Street, Drainage, and Building (Amendment) Act 2007, the CCC had replaced the Certificate of Fitness of Occupation (CFO) issued by the local authorities.

“Under the amended Act, the CCC is issued by the architect or engineer supervising the project. This is to address the challenges brought about by the previous system, and to create a more efficient public delivery system,” he said.

Zohari said unlike other stations, the planning and development of parking facilities at Station 4 (Subang Jaya) and Station 7 (USJ 7) of the Kelana Jaya LRT Line Extension Project, were not included in the approved Building Plan, and as such, were not part of the CCC for the stations.

“For Station 4 and Station 7, the parking facilities were to be provided as part of a larger property development in collaboration with adjacent landowners,” he said. 

Zohari said Prasarana was still committed to provide temporary parking facilities in the interest of the public as an interim measure.

“We are in talks with Sime Darby, the master developer of USJ Subang Jaya, and are hopeful of securing the space to develop the temporary parking facilities within two months until the future permanent parking facilities are provided as part of the larger development plans,” he said.

He added that the responsibility of Prasarana does not end with the commencement of the LRT operations.

“We have already developed more than 2,200 motorcar parking bays along the Kelana Jaya Line Extension and will continue to enhance the facilities in and around the LRT stations for the benefit of the people.

“We have also finalised the routes for the LRT feeder bus services and would deploy 30 feeder buses that would operate at a frequency of between 10 minutes and 15 minutes along 10 routes between Lembah Subang and Putra Heights from June 30,” he said. — Bernama

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