What do you know about Puduraya?

2 11 2009

The Puduraya station (Malay: Hentian Puduraya) is the main bus station terminus in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It was opened in 1976 by the late former Prime Minister Tun Hussein Onn. Long-distance buses arrive and leave from Puduraya for all over Peninsular Malaysia, and also Thailand and Singapore. Puduraya is especially busy during public holiday and festive periods.

As of 2006, Puduraya had underwent a renovation costing about RM 3 million (approx. US$ 817,000). Facilities such as a hotel, bank, and food stalls are located in the Puduraya building.

Puduraya

Puduraya

The current operator of this bus terminal is Uda Holdings.

Incidents

Explosion

On June 15, 2007, a small homemade explosive, concealed in a snack wrapper and left on a concrete bench, was detonated at 9.10 pm (MST) at the Platform 7 entrance of the Puduraya bus station concourse, wounding an 11-year-old girl. The police, who vowed to investigate the motive of the blast and find the culprits of the bombing, ruled out the possibility that the bombing was masterminded and executed by militants, as certain quarters had claimed. No news pertaining the bombings were available thereafter.

Ticket touts

Ticket touts at the Puduraya bus terminal are fleecing unsuspecting travellers especially those who turn up at night after the counters are closed and are desperate to travel the next day.

These touts who sell fake tickets conveniently begin their dirty work after most of the ticket counters on the first floor of the bus terminal are closed.

Hundreds of people have probably fallen prey to these cheats but only a handful have attempted to make a police report at the terminal’s police beat base – which is, amazingly, located just across from the ticket counters. This incident is worsen when festive seasons is around the corner.

Relocation

Traffic congestion near Puduraya bus terminal will be reduced once the Bandar Tasik Selatan (BTS) integrated transport terminal is opened next year. The new terminal would cater for buses to all destinations, taking over from crowded Puduraya.

The BTS integrated terminal would be an expanded version of the RM 570 mil Bandar Tasik Selatan terminal originally built for south bound express buses. Nazri said with the opening of BTS terminal, Puduraya would only cater to city buses and taxis. BTS terminal will be accessible via the Middle Ring Road 2 (MRR2) and Besraya highways supported by the LRT, Komuter and Express Rail Link.

Meanwhile, Second Finance Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah said Puduraya would undergo a facelift to upgrade services as it prepares to become a city terminal. They include a new coat of paint, upgrading pedestrian walks from Plaza Rakyat LRT station to Puduraya, upgrading lifts and toilets and installing new fire prevention equipments.

Puduraya

Puduraya

Puduraya

Puduraya


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