Monday, October 18, 2010
Puchong bus hub ready for residents
MODERN LOOK: The new bus hub at Taman Puchong Utama can accommodate up to five buses at one time
PUCHONG: After six months, residents in Puchong Utama will finally be able to enjoy a more comfortable and safe bus stop by early next month.
The bus hub, complete with a station master office, a sheltered waiting area, public phones and stalls will be able to accommodate up to five buses at any one time.
Construction commenced in February and was expected to be completed by August, but was delayed for a few months. Despite the problems, Syarikat Prasarana Negara Bhd was able to complete the project.
Making cleanliness and safety a top priority, Prasarana provided some 10 rubbish bins and built safety dividers on both sides of the waiting area. A comfortable rest area for bus drivers was also incorporated.
In June, The Malay Mail had reported the inconvenience and troubles faced by residents of Puchong Utama due to the lack of this basic amenity in the area. The previous make-shift bus stop had used a canopy which barely served as shelter against sun and rain while the area itself was inconveniently located across a wide drain, requiring commuters to jump across whenever a bus arrived.
A resident and regular commuter, Imran Rashid, 23, said: "I am glad there will finally be a proper and safe bus stop for residents to use, especially school-going children.
"I hope residents will make proper use of the new bus hub and help maintain its cleanliness."
A stall-owner at the old bus stop, Amir Hamzah, 34, said: "I am happy there is also a place for us to do business at the new bus hub, which is bigger and more comfortable.
"Despite the delay, I am thankful to Prasarana. This shows the company is not only interested in making money, but have their customer's best interests at heart."
A Prasarana spokesman told The Paper That Cares: "This bus hub is another initiative from Prasarana to provide for the the comfort and safety of the public.
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