04 June 2014

Regeneration plan for KL Sentral

  04 June 2014
MALAYSIAN Resources Corp Bhd (MRCB) plans to undertake a major “regeneration” of the bustling 14-year-old Kuala Lumpur Sentral (KL Sentral).MRCB group managing director Datuk Mohamad Salim Fateh Din said this is to upgrade the infrastructure and facilities of the country’s largest transit hub.
The regeneration is crucial, especially in light of the new mass rapid transit system as well as a significant increase in commuter traffic to about 58 million a year, he said.
“The commuter traffic at KL Sentral has reached about 160,000 per day, while the building was designed for a capacity of 80,000 to 100,000 people per day,” he said in an interview, here, yesterday, ahead of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s working visit to KL Sentral today.
Mohamad Salim said many developments have taken place at KL Sentral in the last 14 years.
“KL Sentral will continue to evolve and adapt to become a world-class transumer hub.”
A transumer is a consumer on the move in a transit environment.
He said the group expects to begin work immediately after obtaining approval on the regeneration plan.
“Hopefully, it can be completed by 2017.”
The proposed upgrades at KL Sentral cover a wide range of aspects, from a better security system to seamless connectivity.
“The security aspect will include the installation of more closed-circuit television cameras, panic buttons, total surveillance system and more accessible evacuation areas for emergencies,”
he said, without revealing the total cost involved for the project.
Valued at about RM15 billion, KL Sentral is perhaps the single largest commercial development here, of which MRCB is the master developer.
It encompasses the RM1.1 billion Stesen Sentral, Grade A office towers and suites, residences, hotels and a mall.
Its infrastructure supports the rail networks of KLIA Ekpres, KLIA Transit, RapidKL and KTM Komuter. -NST
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