Seamless connectivity key for growth, says PM

Thursday, August 13, 2009

KUALA LUMPUR: Good infrastructure and ease of connectivity, including the improvement of the public transport system, will augur well for the country’s development, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said.

He said the inclusion of the development and expansion of the public transportation system, especially in Kuala Lumpur, into the National Key Result Areas was because of the Government’s concern for the people’s need to have quality living in the city.

The Prime Minister said an example of seamless connectivity between road and rail services in the city was the construction of NU Sentral, an integrated retail and office project to be built at KL Sentral.

Integrated project: Najib looking at the development model after the official launch of Lot-G Integrated Development yesterday. With him are (from left) Hartanah managing director Kamalul Arifin, Azlan and MRCB group managing director Shahril Ridza Ridzuan.

“With the completion of this new development, we will see seamless connectivity between KTM Intercity and Komuter trains, KL Monorail, ERL and the light rail transit systems.

“The design of this place will encourage more people to walk in comfort due to inter-connectivity that exists between the buildings,” he said at the launch of the Lot G and NU Sentral integrated development project here yesterday.

The project, which will be jointly developed by Malaysian Resources Corporation Bhd (MRCB) and Pelaburan Hartanah Bhd, will comprise three office towers, a retail mall and a boutique hotel.

The project, slated to cost nearly RM3bil, is expected to completed by 2012.

Najib described NU Sentral as three times bigger in size than Mid Valley Megamall and which will transform Brickfields.

Some of the well-known Brickfields features, such as Little India will remain, he added.

He said the Government had approved a RM110mil package of additional public works to improve roads around KL Sentral and Brickfields.

This was a portion of the stimulus package Najib had announced early this year as part of the Government’s efforts to promote growth in the domestic economy.

MRCB chairman Tan Sri Azlan Zainol said the stimulus package would allow the company to improve the existing road systems and create additional infrastructure to ease congestion in Jalan Tun Sambanthan and Jalan Travers.

He also said the new building would employ the green building design concept to reduce its impact on the environment. - The Star.


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