Kuala Lumpur, February 20, 2004 – Yg. Bhg. Datuk Hj. Mohmad Shaid Mohd Taufek, the Mayor of Kuala Lumpur today officiated the ground breaking ceremony of the new KTM Komuter station at MidValley. Construction of the new KTM Komuter station at MidValley is part of KTM Berhad’s expansion plan to cater for the growing demand from the public for better accessibility to the commuter network. This is considered as a strategic and timely move in line with the expansion of MidValley development itself. The construction of the KTM Komuter station at a total cost of RM12.2 million is expected to be completed in August 2004.
Also present at the ceremony were Yg. Bhg. Tan Sri Dato’ Thong Yaw Hong, Chairman KTM Berhad, Yg. Bhg. Tan Sri Abu Talib bin Othman, Chairman IGB Corporation Berhad, Mr. Mohd Salleh Abdullah, Managing Director KTM Berhad and Mr. Robert Tan Chung Meng, Managing Director IGB Corporation Berhad.
This project should be welcome by many especially those who have experienced going to Megamall, during weekends. Due to its overwhelming success too many people want to go to Megamall that it creates a serious traffic jam. By having a commuter station close by, the public will have an alternative efficient public transport to get to MidValley.
MidValley Megamall is considered as one of IGB’s prized development, which offers 1.5 million sq. ft of retail spaces in its first phase. It has 7,000 parking bays, 680 rooms in Cititel Hotel and 30 units of office space in Boulevard office block. Currently, there are 430 tenants, which attract up to 150,000 shoppers during weekends. For the second, IGB is planning to construct a new hotel, service apartments, office blocks and an additional 1.2 million sq ft of retail space. The construction of the second phase is expected to be completed in three years.
The new station will be constructed just South of the road bridge to Taman Seputih with two platforms of 150m length. The ticketing concourse is elevated together with overhead footbridge connecting the two platforms. To ensure easy access to Megamall, a link bridge will be constructed between the halt and the Megamall complex. The platform will be fully covered to shelter from sun and rain. To make the station user friendly for handicapped people, lifts will be provided on each platform.
Conservative projection indicates that at least 2,500 passengers will be using this station daily during its first year of operation, but KTM Berhad believes that the figure could be doubled quickly.
Currently 70,000 passengers use KTM Komuter daily and the trend is encouraging.
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Issued By Corporate Communication
Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad
Dated February 20, 2004