BY PATRICK LEE
KUALA LUMPUR: The heavily-utilised KL Sentral transport hub is to be upgraded to serve more passengers, with an elevated “deck” connecting to the National Museum and Lake Gardens among the attractions planned.
The deck, likely to span over Jalan Damansara, is expected to include bicycle tracks.
KL Sentral currently serves about 160,000 people, way above its capacity of 100,000.
MRCB group chief operating officer Mohd Imran Mohamad Salim, who disclosed details of the expansion to the media yesterday, said the project was necessary with the advent of the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) scheduled for completion (first phase) by 2017.
He said the target was to increase the hub’s capacity to serve up to 250,000 passengers.
The deck is to be named Warisan Sentral, subject to government approval. He said the third-prong would be a disbursement scheme for development and other forms of beautification of the area.
“It will be done in phases and if the Government agrees … (a completion by) 2017 would be nice,” he told reporters after accompanying Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak who toured the two-month-old Nu Sentral mall which links KL Sentral to KL Monorail.
On the proposed Penang-based public transport hub known as Penang Sentral to integrate the ferry, train and local bus services on the mainland, Imran said the project was expected to begin by November.
Earlier, Najib officially launched the MRCB Tabung Generasi Global, which is aimed at enhancing primary school education by enriching the learning environment.
Najib also deposited a RM500,000 cheque from MRCB into the fund as part of the company’s sponsorship.
Meanwhile, Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) chief executive Mohamad Nur Ismal Kamal said commercial areas such as the Nu Sentral mall would flourish when the MRT service begins.
He named Pusat Bandar Damansara as a possible mini transport hub in the future.