GITT to be ready by 2019

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PUTRAJAYA: The con­struc­tion of the Gom­bak In­te­grated Trans­port Ter­mi­nal (GITT) will com­mence next month, and the fa­cil­ity is ex­pected to be oper­a­tional by the sec­ond quar­ter of 2019.

Primed to be the ma­jor trans­port hub for the north-east sec­tor of Greater Kuala Lumpur, with a max­i­mum of 700 bus trips and 22,000 users daily, GITT will of­fer seam­less in­te­gra­tion with the Gom­bak LRT sta­tion and will also be the fo­cal tran­sit point for the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL).

Dur­ing the bud­get tabling on Fri­day, Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak an­nounced that GITT will be among the sta­tions for the RM55 bil­lion ECRL dou­ble­track­ing pro­ject con­nect­ing the Klang Val­ley to the east coast.

Deputy Trans­port Min­is­ter Datuk Aziz Kaprawi said the min­istry has been work­ing hard to re­vive the RM307 mil­lion trans­port hub pro­ject, which was sched­uled to take off four years ago un­der the Na­tional Key Re­sult Ar­eas for Ur­ban Pub­lic Trans­port plan.

He de­scribed the Gom­bak ter­mi­nal as the per­fect lo­ca­tion for east coast trav­ellers since it is less than 10 min­utes from the KL-Karak High­way and may re­duce traf­fic con­ges­tion into the city.

Aziz also said is­sues over the land, which caused the pro­ject to be stalled since 2011, had been re­solved ear­lier this year be­tween the fed­eral and Se­lan­gor gov­ern­ments.

The for­mer Se­lan­gor men­tri be­sar, Tan Sri Ab­dul Khalid Ibrahim, had re­fused to sanc­tion a land swap deal and in­sisted the fed­eral gov­ern­ment de­velop the land, with­out chang­ing the Malay Re­serve Land sta­tus of the 13.35-acre site.

The re­vival of the GITT pro­ject will bring cheer to east coast trav­ellers who have had to en­dure long jour­neys and con­ges­tion since the end of 2014, and travel an ad­di­tional 35km to board ex­press buses and taxis at the Tasik Se­la­tan In­te­grated Ter­mi­nal, lo­cated at the south­ern cor­ri­dor of Kuala Lumpur.

“Prob­a­bly, the Gom­bak ter­mi­nal will also serve north-bound buses on a tem­po­rary ba­sis,” Aziz added.

GITT will be con­structed and man­aged by Ter­mi­nal Bersepadu Gom­bak Sdn Bhd (Te­gas), on a 25-year con­ces­sion.

The ter­mi­nal com­plex com­prises two com­po­nents – main ter­mi­nal build­ing and the road widen­ing and up­grad­ing works for the Mid­dle Ring Road 2 (MRR2).

“We an­tic­i­pate the Se­layang Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil will is­sue the build­ing plan ap­proval by the end of next month for us to start with the earth­works and pile driv­ing,”

GITT will be among the sta­tions for the RM55 bil­lion East Coast Rail Link pro­ject con­nect­ing the Klang Val­ley to the east coast.

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