Published: Thursday May 3, 2012 MYT 1:15:00 PM
Updated: Thursday May 3, 2012 MYT 1:16:19 PM
KTM's automated fare collection system delayed
By TEH ENG HOCK
SHAH ALAM: The implementation of KTM Komuter's new automated fare collection system, which had been delayed for a month, will take at least another three months before it can kick off.
Transport Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha said although all the equipment has arrived, there was a problem with installation.
"Yes, it is behind schedule. The equipment has been delivered, but there is an installation problem. Maybe the contractor has to increase manpower in installation," he said, adding that the new system would probably take off in July.
The new RM85.88mil system was supposed to replace the old ticketing system last month, but to date, the project was only 72% complete, said contractor Hopetech Sdn Bhd general manager Hasrat Nazarudin Abdul Rahman.
Kong said the system would be installed at all 53 KTM Komuter stations, adding that the Government would not incur extra cost due to the delay.
When asked if the contractor would be penalised for late delivery, he said it "depends on the final report" after work is completed.
Kong was speaking to reporters after visiting the Padang Jawa KTM Komuter station here Thursday.
Two other contractors tasked with upgrading disabled, parking and pedestrian facilities at various stations, with contracts worth RM1.2mil and RM15.8mil respectively, told the minister that their projects were on schedule and almost completed.
Kong said he has also asked for the canopies at stations to be extended to accomodate the new six-car KTM Komuter trains.
"The new trains are too long, and the current canopy only covers about half the train. We will extend the canopies, as well as seats in the waiting area and ensure there is adequate lighting," he said.
The move would be of convenience to passengers during rainy weather as well as improve the security of those travelling at night, he said.