THE cost for the first phase of the rehabilitation of the Klang Valley Electri ed Double Track (KVDT) project will remain at RM1.4 billion, said Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.
The transport minister said the works will involve 42km of tracks between Rawang and Salak Selatan as well as Sentul and Simpang Batu.
“The project is scheduled to be delivered in 2019 and the current focus is to enhance 16 stations along the routes, while upgrading the existing signalling and electrification system,” he said after launching of the KVDT project in Kuala Lumpur (KL) yesterday.
Once completed, Liow said it would shorten the current waiting period of 15 minutes to just 7.5 minutes.
Dhaya Maju Infrastructure (Asia) Sdn Bhd (DMIA) is the contractor for the KVDT project. DMIA previously partnered Malaysian Resources Corp Bhd for the upgrading works of little India in Brickfields.
“We have also ordered about 20 more new train sets for Keretapi Tanah Melayu Bhd (KTMB) from Yunan, which will be delivered in stages by 2019. This will further improve their (KTMB) service efficiency,” said Liow.
Currently, he said KTMB has 38 commuter sets and 10 electrified train sets.
The refurbishment would enhance the Greater KL rail system and further complement the various mass rail transit systems being put in place.
Commuters have complained over long waits for KTMB inter-city rail services. The service has grown in popularity as more townships have been developed in the Greater KL area.
Meanwhile, Liow said more offences will be listed in the the traffic offence demerit system (Kejara).
He said the current Kejara system, which imposes penalties for speeding and disobeying traffic lights, has been treated lightly by offenders.
To create a higher level of awareness among the public, Liow has instructed the Road Transport Department (JPJ) to conduct road shows on Kejara and Automatic Safety Awareness System.
“We have given ample of time for the public to be pre- pared and to adopt the system. So, there’s no need for the public to panic when we implement this demerit system in stages.
“Now, we only penalise drivers for speeding and traffic offences. Soon, there will be more. And there is no double jeopardy in this system. Public should also not be confused with the functions of the police and JPJ,” Liow said.
As such, he assured that traffic offenders would not be charged twice for the same offence.
“All these have been addressed in the JPJ Act and the details are available on JPJ’s website,” he said.