Friday, April 05, 2013

Pudu Sentral Kuala Lumpur - Bus Terminal

The Pudu Sentral (formerly Puduraya Terminal (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 Pudu Sentral. Pudu Sentral is especially busy during the public holiday and festive periods.

Much of the southern-bound buses have been moved to Bandar Tasik Selatan Integrated Transport Terminal, resulting in Pudu Sentral losing half of the bus volume to the Bandar Tasik Selatan Integrated Transport Terminal.

Pudu Sentral began operating in 1976. In 2006, Pudu Sentral had undergone a renovation costing about RM3 million (approx. US$ 817,000). Traffic congestion near Puduraya bus was reduced because Bandar Tasik Selatan Integrated Transport Terminal (ITT BTS) was opened in 2011. The new terminal caters for buses to the Southern Region destinations, taking over from crowded Puduraya. Minister in Prime Minister Department Nazri Aziz said in May 2009 that with the opening of BTS terminal, Puduraya would only cater to city buses and taxis.

Puduraya was reopened on April 16, 2011 after undergoing massive renovations costing RM52.7mil. The terminal was closed in April 2010 for upgrading works and was supposed to be re-opened in September 2009.

On 27 August 2011, the Puduraya bus terminal was renamed as Pudu Sentral in keeping with its modern and new look on par with an airport. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said the new name was a suggestion from a follower on his Twitter account.

On 23 September 2012, Pudu Sentral became the Urban Transformation Centre for Kuala Lumpur. It was launched by Najib Razak. Pudu Sentral becomes the second Urban Transformation Centre after Malacca in June 2012. The Urban Transformation Centre houses government agencies, scores of private businesses, a Kedai Rakyat 1Malaysia branch and a Kedai Kain 1Malaysia branch. The first Kedai Buku 1Malaysia is also located here. The transformation to become Urban Transformation centre costs RM24 million and takes 6 weeks to complete. It was funded by the Ministry of Finance.

Najib said the Urban Transformation Centre will still run buses from here. UDA Holdings chairman Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed said the transformation meant that there would be more buses at the terminal, especially with its additional facilities.

Ticket touts

Ticket touts at the Puduraya bus terminal fleece 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.Now the place is in a mess... rubbish here and there and it's stinking bad.

The place now is the scariest part of the city (for unsuspecting travelers and tourist alike)... Ticket Touts and bouncers are seen everywhere harassing visitors to the place. They are very rude and demanding. 

I went to the Police Station within the premises to voice (after I was harassed) my displeasure about the Touts.

This was what I was told: "The Touts had bigger and powerful punches."

"Kalau Pejabat Perdana Menteri ada di atas mungkin boleh di at
asi, kalau setakat polis sahaja dan tak boleh buat apa apa."

Litters are seen here and there.

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 the ticket counters. These incidents worsen around and during festive seasons.

Sources From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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