TRANSIT took note of this article in the Star on Sunday the 20th which surprised and upset us:
Work starts on LRT station
Sunday December 20, 2009
By ROZAID A. RAHMAN
PETALING JAYA: Land clearing work for the main Putra Heights LRT station has started.
A check at the proposed site of the station, which will act as an interchange for commuters using the Kelana Jaya and Ampang lines, showed that the area has been cleared of undergrowth.
Construction of the extended LRT lines is scheduled to begin in March next year.At least 90% of the public have responded positively towards the proposal since it was first announced three months ago.
[TRANSIT: Where is the evidence of this? We saw a similar claim by Madam Ong the MCA Kelana Jaya Division Chair, in a recent article. However, RapidKL and Prasarana say that this is not the case. See below]
The proposed extension plan was displayed for a three-month public viewing at the Department of Railways, the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL), Subang Jaya Municipal Council, Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) and Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ).
The deadline for the public to give feedback on the 34km extension ended on Dec 14.
Syarikat Prasarana Negara Berhad (SPNB) communications general manager Ebi Azly Abdullah said some resident associations wanted some of the new routes and stations to be reviewed, but none objected to the extension.
“Overall, the public agreed that we should build this extended line. Some resident associations from Taman Bunga Negara, Subang Alam, Section 2 and 3 of Putra Heights objected, but not against the extension as a whole. They want the route and location of stations at some parts to be reviewed,” he told The Star.
[TRANSIT: But as you know, TRANSIT has objected to the extension of the Kelana Jaya LRT line beyond Subang Jaya KTM station and prefer to see an extension towards Shah Alam, in keeping with the Selangor Structural Plan and Local Plans.]
The Kelana Jaya-Putra Heights extension, estimated to cost about RM6bil to RM7bil, will have 13 stations, starting with Kelana Jaya/Subang Valley, Subang, Subang Jaya, USJ, and Alam Megah before ending at Putra Heights.
The Sri Petaling-Putra Heights line, also with 13 stations, is estimated to cost RM8bil and cuts across Puchong and Kinrara.
[TRANSIT: Estimated by whom? Until we see the feasibility study then we don’t really know]
Ebi said construction would begin early next year and expected to complete by the end of 2012.
“However, this would depend on the changes that need to be made to some routes based on the feedback and suggestions received from local authorities,” he said.
This article follows an article in the Star on 17th December, entitled LRT plan gets the nod as residents feel it will ease traffic.
In that article, MCA Kelana Jaya Division Chair Ong Chong Swen was quoted as saying that Prasarana had told her they had received 92% positive feedback.
But on 20th December, TRANSIT received an SMS from Prasarana GM of communications Ebi Azly Abdullah, stating that Prasarana had issued no such comments related to the LRT and that all feedback was with the Department of Railways.
In other words, someone is either lying or exagarrating or has access to information that they should not have.
And we do not wish to comment on the political nature of this LRT extension…although TRANSIT is getting increasing feedback and information suggesting that the proposed route is very political indeed.
We would like to thank Ebi for issuing the comments below on behalf of Prasarana / RapidKL. We intend to take him at his word but at the same time, TRANSIT is more and more sure that we need to have some more openness and transparency related to this LRT project.
A .pdf version of the comments below can be found here.
Syarikat Prasarana Negara Berhad (467220-U)
20 December 2009
Article “Work starts on LRT station”(Sunday Star, N4)
With reference to the above article, Syarikat Prasarana Negara Berhad (Prasarana) would like to clarify that the work on the LRT station at Putra Heights, as reported by The Sunday Star dated 20 December 2009, has not commenced.
Construction work will only begin after the full approval has been given by the Government.
Prasarana would also like to inform that all feedback received from the public is being compiled and reviewed by the Department of Railways. As such, the quotes attributed to me in the article, referring to the `feedback from the residents’, is inaccurate and highly misleading.
EBI AZLY ABDULLAH
General Manager, Group Communication
Syarikat Prasarana Negara Berhad