Upgrade of substations to curb LRT disruptions
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.