Up­grade of sub­sta­tions to curb LRT dis­rup­tions

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KUALA LUMPUR: The up­grad­ing of 15 power sub­sta­tions on the Ke­lana Jaya LRT line will be com­mis­sioned as an im­me­di­ate mea­sure to ad­dress is­sues in­volv­ing Light Rail Transit (LRT) ser­vices, said Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Ab­dul Razak.

He said the pro­posed up­grade will en­sure the elec­tri­cal sys­tem can cater to the fast-grow­ing de­mand and fu­ture loads, as well as ex­tend the lifes­pan of the sub­sta­tions.

“This mea­sure will take three to six months to com­plete,” he said in a state­ment yes­ter­day.

Na­jib said dur­ing a meet­ing with Prasarana Malaysia Bhd pres­i­dent and group CEO Datuk Azmi Ab­dul Aziz and the Land Pub­lic Trans­port Com­mis­sion (SPAD) yes­ter­day, Azmi briefed him on in­ves­ti­ga­tions into a power fail­ure that caused dis­rup­tions to LRT ser­vices on Sept 7 and 9, Ber­nama re­ported.

“SPAD high­lighted the need for Prasarana to un­der­take a thor­ough as­sess­ment of the en­tire sys­tem as the Ke­lana Jaya LRT line has been in ser­vice for al­most 20 years,” he said.

Mean­while, G. SURACH re­ports that Mass Rapid Transit Corp Sdn Bhd (MRT Corp) has ex­pressed con­fi­dence in Rapid Rail Sdn Bhd’s abil­ity to op­er­ate the up­com­ing MRT Sun­gai Bu­loh–Ka­jang (SBK) line.

MRT Corp strate­gic com­mu­ni­ca­tion and stake­holder re­la­tions direc­tor Datuk Na­j­mud­din Ab­dul­lah said the agree­ment signed in June with Prasarana’s sub­sidiary Rapid Rail, the cur­rent op­er­a­tors of the Rapid KL LRT ser­vice, will not be af­fected by the dis­rup­tions.

“We are con­fi­dent with what we have built over the past six years. With the in­creased safety fea­tures on the SBK line such as a ‘safety walk­way’ and ‘track pock­ets’ along the MRT line, we are able to bet­ter en­sure the safety of com­muters.

“The safety walk­way is to en­able com­muters to walk along the line to the near­est sta­tion in rel­a­tive safety in the event of a break­down,” he said.

Our re­port on Sept 8 on the LRT dis­rup­tion dur­ing morn­ing rush.

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