Scomi Rail Bhd, a subsidiary of Scomi Engineering Bhd, will provide 12 sets of new four-car-trains for the existing KL Monorail Line.
Scomi Group Chief Executive Officer Shah Hakim Zain said the first set would be running by November next year.
“The new train sets will increase the passengers per car from 98 to 128. “This is an approximately 40 per cent increase in the number of passengers per car,” he told a press conference on the KL Monorail fleet expansion project today.
Present was Transport Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha. Shah Hakim also said that under a RM494 million contract with Syarikat Prasarana Negara Bhd (SPNB), Scomi would also upgrade the monorail stations and the electrical and mechanical system, as well as building a new depot.
The project would be completed by July 2013, he said. Meanwhile, Prasarana Group Managing Director Shahril Mokhtar said the existing two-car trains would be removed from service when the new four-car trains were delivered.
“We will put these sets (two-car train) as spares. “We’re also looking forward if there’s a possibility for the current line to be extended in the future,” he said.
He said the expansion project would affect two temples in Brickfields and all issues had been resolved after various discussions with the temple communities and their leaders.
“Everybody is happy. Both parties are very happy. They’ll get compensation and a piece of land. Both sides are happy with the solutions,” he said.