KUALA LUMPUR: The Bandar Tasik Selatan integrated transportation terminal now under construction will be the hub for southbound transport services only, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz clarified Thursday.
He said the RM570-million terminal would not serve as the central hub for all express bus services as he had announced several weeks ago, and apologised for the mistake.
"I admit it was my mistake. But, most importantly, the people will benefit. After getting an explanation (from the developer), I learned that what I had said in my earlier statement will not be practical," he told reporters after visiting the site of the terminal under construction, here.
Federal Territories Minister Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin accompanied Nazri on the visit. Earlier, Mohamed Nazri and Raja Nong Chik were briefed by developer Kumpulan Maju Holdings Sdn Bhd executive director Tan Sri Abu Sahid Mohamed on the project.
The 20-hectare site of the southern hub is located next to the stations of the KLIA Express Rail Link (ERL), Star LRT and KTM Komuter, and will comprise a six-storey main terminal building, 21 bus departure bays, 18 bus arrival bays, 31 bays for long-haul taxis and 1,372 car parking bays. It is 35 per cent completed and is scheduled for full completion in November next year.
Mohamed Nazri said that the terminal, upon its completion, would be able to ease the traffic congestion at Hentian Puduraya in the heart of the city. Currently, all southbound and northern bound express bus services use Hentian Puduraya.
"When the (southbound) terminal goes into operation, the number of buses at Hentian Puduraya will be reduced by about 500 in a day," he said.
Mohamed Nazri said he would lobby for the construction of a transportation terminal in Selayang for northbound express bus services and one in Gombak for eastbound express bus services.
Meanwhile, Raja Nong Chik said part of the upgrading works at Hentian Puduraya, such as the walkways and lifts, would be completed by August.
He said the ministry was also in the midst of negotiating with the Plaza Rakyat developer to acquire a piece of land next to the terminal for a bus holding area in a move to reduce traffic congestion at the main building.
Puduraya would be turned into a terminal for city buses after all the express bus services had been relocated to their respective hubs, he added. (Bernama)