KUALA LUMPUR: After two postponements, the Puduraya Terminal is now fully operational, with only a minor glitch in the yet-to-be completed lighting and air-conditioning systems.
“This is the first day of operation. We are still in the trial-and-error stage. Only minor technical glitches need to be addressed,” UDA Holdings Bhd managing director Datuk Jaafar Abu Hassan told reporters after inspecting the terminal here yesterday.
“All improvement works will hopefully be completed this month, but other facilities are ready and fully operational,” he added.
With the opening of the Puduraya Terminal, the temporary bus terminal operations in Bukit Jalil have ceased.
The Puduraya Terminal was closed for renovations on March 1, 2010. It was slated to be reopened in December 2010, but was postponed until March 1 this year.
The reopening was postponed a second time before it was finally reopened yesterday.
Jaafar said the upgrade had equipped the Puduraya Terminal with 296 closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras, installed at strategic points.
The CCTVs would be monitored by 48 security staff to ensure safety to visitors.
Bus operations at the terminal began at 6am.
By 11.30am, 146 buses were reported to have departed from the terminal, Jaafar said.
He said UDA Holdings planned to enforce the use of e-ticketing for buses to overcome the problems of ticket touts at the terminal.
A check by Bernama found several shops back in business as visitors thronged the terminal as early as 6am. However, lifts and escalators are not yet accessible to the public.
Several commuters and workers at the terminal yesterday voiced their satisfaction with the improvements made to the premises.
A snack shop assistant, 25-year-old Hamimatun Hassan said the terminal was now more comfortable with its air-conditioned waiting area.
“This place used to be hot and reeked of exhaust smoke. Now, even if the weather outside is hot, we are comfortable inside,” she said.
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