RM250 million LRT upgrade
> Exercise includes replacement of aged power cables for Kelana Jaya Line
KUALA LUMPUR: An upgrade exercise costing about RM250 million will be conducted by Prasarana Malaysia Berhad to improve its rail services, following glitches that affected Light Rapid Transit (LRT) services last week.
In addition, group chief executive officer Datuk Azmi Abdul Aziz said works to replace the power cables for its Kelana Jaya Line would start next week.
He said an early assessment had indicated the LRT system in Kelana Jaya is facing an aging problem, as many of its cables had only another two years of lifespan before expiration.
“This shows that we need to hasten our efforts to improve several important components on the Kelana Jaya Line, especially in terms of electrical power supply,” he told a press conference held at the Prasarana office in Menara UOA here.
Azmi said Prasarana was in the midst of determining why the cables, which have a lifespan of 20 years, deteriorated prematurely.
“We are getting some information from the cable manufacturer since the cables were classified as a maintenancefree cables,” he said.
On a related matter, Azmi said Prasarana would be offering a 50% discount to commuters using its services between 6am to 7am every weekend.
The discount would be made available for services on the Kelana Jaya and Sri Petaling Line, Sunway Bus Rapid Transit as well as its monorail service.
Najib and Shahril looking at a layout map of the MRT SSP Line after the groundbreaking ceremony