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KUALA LUMPUR

KUALA LUMPUR SENTRAL

The Kuala Lumpur Sentral project covers an area of 28.8 hectares (71 acres) and is expected to be completed by 2010. The area used to be occupied by warehouses, railway yards and delapitated staff quarters. The entire project is estimated to cost RM3 billion and is developed by public listed Malaysian Resources Corporation Bhd.

KL Sentral will be the transportation hub of KL and incorporates commercial office buildings, hotels, retail, residential condominiums and recreational (30 acres of green park) developments. It has satellite and fiber-optic links making it a smart integrated all-in-one city-within-city. At the heart of KL Sentral is a ultra modern railway station that brings together the commuter, intercity and airport Express Rail Link(ERL) with KL's Light Rail Transit (LRT) system.

The development of KL Sentral is divided into two phases. Phase One comprise of the 400,000 sq ft Sentral Station, Integrated Retail Centre (1.2mn sq ft), Plaza Sentral Office Suites (1.25mn sq ft), Suasana Sentral (400 units condominuim), Hotels (4-star Le Meridien Hotel with 422 rooms and 5-star Hilton Hotel with 513 rooms) and lots of office space (3.6mn sq ft). Phase One is expected to be completed by year 2004. Phase Two, comprising of Arena Sentral (1.14mn sq ft), 400 more units of condominium and 5.4mn sq ft of office space, is expected to be fully completed by year 2010.

KL SENTRAL STATION BUILDING
The five-level KL Sentral Station building is located on 9.3 acres of land. It comprises two main areas, the main station and the maintenance depot. The station has 28 tracks, 12 passenger tracks, 14 maintenance tracks and two freight tracks. There are 12 platforms in the main station -- two each for KTM Bhd and KTM Intercity, four for KTM Komuter, two each for Express Rail Link (ERL) Commuter and Putra LRT. The main station is able to accommodate 50 million passengers a year and up to 100 million by 2020.
Within the KL Sentral is KL City Air Terminal, where travellers flying Malaysia Airlines,Cathay Pacific Airlines, Brunei Air and Emirates Air can check in their luggage and receive boarding passes. Travellers flying into KLIA may also check out at KL Sentral when the system is fully implemented. The 3 letter destination code for KL Sentral is 'XKL'.


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