KUALA LUMPUR: Prasarana Malaysia Berhad (Prasarana) has allocated RM250 million to upgrade the power substations on the Kelana Jaya LRT line as well as other works to address the disruptions of the Light Rail Transit (LRT) service.
Its president and group chief executive officer, Azmi Abdul Aziz, said the upgrade of the substations would be done immediately following the findings of their initial investigations, which revealed that some important components, like electricity supply for the trains in the Kelana Jaya line, needed major improvement.
“Initial investigations revealed that the cause of the recent incident was not the trains. It was caused by power shortage during peak hours.
“The upgrading work will be completed by end of this year,” he told a press conference at Prasarana headquarters here yesterday.
Azmi said the allocation, however, would not involve the cost to upgrade electrical cables on the Kelana Jaya line as the company was still in the process of identifying which cables needed to be replaced.
“We have a lot of cables, and we will make sure that none are overlooked,” he said.
Azmi said the company would also be retrieving information from the electrical cable manufacturers to identify the cause of failure of the cables to provide sufficient electrical energy.
When asked about his second meeting with Najib Razak yesterday, Azmi said the prime minister had wanted Prasarana to find solutions to avoid recurrence of such incidents.
He said while supporting Prasarana’s action in upgrading the LRT’s infrastructure immediately, Najib stated that public transport services should be prioritised in order not to cause unnecessary inconveniences for the users.
On Sept 7, thousands of commuters were stranded in several LRT Kelana Jaya line stations from 7am, due to the glitches on the signaling and communication system.
On Sept 9, the LRT service in the Setiawangsa-KLCC route was disrupted during peak hours at 9am when the train from Datuk Keramat heading towards Jelatek suddenly stopped, leaving passengers trapped for 20 minutes.
The passengers then had to walk on the track to Damai Station, which took almost 10 minutes.