Pedestrians can now walk in cool comfort from the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre to the Impiana KLCC Hotel using the air-conditioned elevated walkway.
The walkway over Jalan Pinang and Jalan Kia Peng was launched by the Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Minister Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin.
Also at the launch was Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Seri Ahmad Fuad Ismail, Petronas president and chief executive officer Datuk Shamsul Azhar Abbas and KLCC (Holdings) Sdn Bhd group executive officer Hashim Wahir.
The 142-metre walkway has disabled-friendly tact tiles, elevators and escalators on both ends and was funded by Petronas. The company has contributed RM100mil for the development of the city.
The walkway will connect Jalan Perak, Jalan P. Ramlee and Jalan Sultan Ismail and will eventually link Bukit Bintang to KLCC. The second phase of the project will extend the covered walkway from the junction of Jalan Pinang/Jalan Kia Peng to Jalan Raja Chulan.
“This is part of the government’s efforts to improve the public transportation system under the National Key Results Area (NKRA),” said Nong Chik.
He said the walkway would help to connect strategic locations and boost economic activities in the surrounding areas.
“It will also promote walking and help reduce obesity. People can also walk to the Monorail and LRT stations using the bridge,” he added.
“There will be another walkway called the Heritage Trail connecting Kompleks Dayabumi, Pasar Seni Lrt in collaboration with the DBKL and Prasarana,” said Hashim.
Hashim added that other walkways would include Pasar Seni LRT to Dayabumi, City Hall to Sogo shopping complex, KTM Komuter to the Mall, Jalan Sultan Ismail to Maju Junction Mall, Plaza Rakyat to Puduraya Bus Terminal and Masjid Albukhari to Hang Tuah LRT station.
According to Fuad, hotels and malls have voiced their interest in building walkways in the city.
“We should be able to complete all the walkways by the end of the year and hopefully we will have more with the help of the private sector,” said Fuad.
During the launch, Fuad and Hashim signed a document for the handover of the walkway from KLCCH to DBKL.
Meanwhile, Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar questioned the rationale of spending such an excessive amount to build the walkway. The amount she pointed out, translated to an average of RM70,422 to lay out each metre of the air-conditioned walkway.
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