Continuing my previous post on the River of Life project in downtown KL, I recently went to check out another area which is also being redeveloped–Pasar Seni (also known as Central Market). Since I work in the Ampang Park area, I took the LRT to Pasar Seni after work, and walked back towards Masjid Jamek to pick up my wife. This afforded me with the opportunity to explore the developments surrounding the area. The last time I walked around here was about two or three months ago.
I’ve always thought that this area has a lot of potential to be developed into a vibrant transit point and tourist attraction. Imagine if one could take a leisurely stroll by the river, drop by the Central Market and the adjacent Kasturi Walk and explore the heritage buildings that feature in the area. I always thought that it is such a pity that the station here was not placed below ground, as the train tracks ruin the view of the Central market area. Also, the car park out front should be turned into a public plaza or park in line with creating more public spaces.
Looking out of the LRT window every morning, one can see that there is quite a bit of work being done on the river bank. Similar to what has been happening in the Masjid Jamek area, workers are reinforcing the river banks to support what seems to be a pedestrian walkway that hangs over it. Progress has been quite slow, to be honest. Not more than two dozen workers can be seen working there at any given time.
Despite this, things should ramp up in the coming months and years as there should be more foot traffic in this area. For one, Pasar Seni is already a public bus hub. In addition, the MRT-LRT connection at this station (which will be operational in July this year) will be a direct one, in contrast to the one between the Muzium Negara MRT station and KL Sentral. Commuters coming in from the suburbs and heading into town will most likely switch from MRT to LRT (and vice versa) here instead of at KL Sentral due to the direct connection.
There already is a footbridge linking the LRT station to the KTM station on the other side of the river. So I’m not sure what the drilling work down here is all about. Is there another footbridge in the making?
Walking down the escalators from Pasar Seni station heading towards Central Market, one is greeted by even more construction work. The walkway is dusty as they’ve just hacked the brickwork (?) that used to cover it. You can see on the left that there are several concrete rebars lining the ground. I’m assuming that they’ll be used to reinforce the walkway, similar to what was done in the Masjid Jamek area. There is also construction work happening on the right side.
I managed to get a glimpse of the notice board that shows the work that is going on on the right side of the above picture. It confirms the rumours that there a paid link between the KTM and LRT/MRT stations is under construction. (I assume that the link can only be used by those transferring from KTM to LRT/MRT and vice versa, hence the “paid” link)
Here’s a close up of the construction work going on right outside the station.
Here’s another picture of the works that are going on: