TRANSIT took note of this letter from Prasarana project manager Zulkifli Mohd Yusoff, Prasarana Group Director of Project Development, regarding recent complaints about the location of Station 05 on the Ampang LRT extension project.
Prasarana: LRT extension technically viable (The Star, 6 August 2011)
WITH reference to the “Bandar Kinrara 3 residents say no to LRT Extension” that appeared in your newspaper on July 18, 2011, Syarikat Prasarana Negara Berhad (Prasarana) would like to clarify that the proposed alignment for the Ampang LRT Line extension is the preferred alignment based mainly on technical viability, financial impact and ridership demand.
The Final Railway Scheme for the alignment of the Ampang LRT Line extension was approved by the Department of Railways on June 4, 2010.
The approval was given after taking into account the factors mentioned and also the various mitigation measures proposed to address the concerns of the residents in the surrounding vicinity. Prasarana will comply with all requirements imposed with regards to safety measures and noise levels.
The article published in The Star on July 18, 2011 highlighted the concerns of the residents of Bandar Kinrara 3 (BK3) who are not in favour of the proposed LRT station near their area.
The residents claimed that the LRT station, currently referred to as Station 05 near BK3 will contribute to traffic congestion as well as health and safety problems such as noise and air pollution.
While we acknowledge that the construction of an infrastructure project of this magnitude will cause a certain degree of inconvenience, Prasarana will ensure that all necessary measures and precautions are taken to ensure that the inconvenience due to traffic congestion, noise and air pollution is minimised. This includes the building of a green wall at the proposed station to help minimise the noise and air pollution in the area.
The proposal to have Station 05 is to serve the sizeable residential and commercial community in the area.
The proposed alignment is based on an in-depth engineering and technical study.
Due to technical constraints, it is not possible to build the alignment on the road median along the Bukit Jalil highway as suggested by the residents.
Prasarana, during a project briefing with the Residents’ Association which was hosted by the Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) on 20 July 2011, explained in detail to the residents from BK 3 on the technical rationale of the proposed alignment and the measures that will be implemented to address their concerns.
MPSJ assured the residents that their concerns will be submitted to the Selangor State Economic Planning Unit (UPEN) and the Selangor Economic Action Council (MTES) for their final decision.
Prasarana would also like to inform the public that they can contact our Project Call Centre at 03- 2267 9898 (24 Hours) to enquire or to provide constructive feedback. They can also visit our website to submit their feedback at feedback@ lrtextension.com
Zulkifli Mohd Yusoff
Prasarana’s Group Director of Project Development