Khalid: MRT might possibly be extended to i-City
Posted on October 17, 2013 - Featured, Property News.
SHAH ALAM: Talks are under way to extend the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) line to i-City pending studies by the concessionaire and relevant parties in the planning routes.
Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim said due time must be given to the concessionaire to plan the routes which, if implemented, could solve traffic congestion in the district.
“We need to be fair and allow a certain level of independence to MRT and the Performance Management and Delivery Unit (Pemandu) for this purpose,” he told reporters yesterday after witnessing the signing of a memorandum of understanding between I-Berhad and Best Western International on the development of a hotel in i-City.
Khalid said the federal and state governments were working together to address the problem of traffic congestion in the state.
“In time to come, studies have shown that about 90% of the Malaysian population will stay in urban areas and if this happens, public transportation must be improved to cope with the huge volume,” he said.
On the MoU, Khalid said it reflected two significant impacts in the development of Selangor.
“First, it shows that the trend towards enhancing services in Selangor is on track.
“Second, this will enhance activities in the Shah Alam district, making it one of the major city centres in the state,” he said.
It was reported that the state government had directed all local councils to come up with a temporary solution to ease traffic congestion in areas that are often congested during rush hour.
Publish date: 17/10/13