Semua syarikat bas wilayah setuju pindah ke Kuching Sentral 1 Mei ini.

Posted on April 14, 2012

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SEJUK dan selesa apabila memasuki ruang legar Kuching Sentral yang menggantikan Terminal Bas Wilayah Batu 3 sebagai tempat mengambil dan menurunkan penumpang dari seluruh negeri Sarawak.

Sungguh selesa kerana berhawa dingin, bersih dan tempat duduk yang lebih teratur. Bukankah orang kebanyakan layak menikmati kemudahan yang selesa seperti ini ketika menunggu bas atau menunggu ahli keluarga atau rakan mengambil mereka sejurus tiba di Kuching.

Malahan tidak memadai dengan itu, kemudahan terkini yang diuruskan oleh Kuching Sentral Sdn Bhd itu turut menempatkan pelbagai premis restoran makanan segera, pasar raya H&L, kedai pakaian, kedai kasut dan lain-lain.

Ia terletak tidak jauh dari Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Kuching.

Dahulu kecoh juga apabila beberapa syarikat bas wilayah enggan berpindah ke tempat baru kerana caj 10 peratus dikenakan Kuching Sentral dikatakan terlalu mahal.

Tetapi pada Jumaat, 13 April 2012, semua 15 syarikat bas yang enggan berpindah sebelum ini akhirnya setuju untuk berbuat demikian. Mereka mula menggunakan kemudahan itu pada 1 Mei 2012.

Kuching Sentral setuju mengurangkan caj sewa terminal dan pengurusan kepada tujuh peratus selepas mengadakan perbincangan dengan syarikat-syarikat bas berkenaan.

Sesuai dengan taraf pembangunan yang dikecapi Bandar Raya Kuching pada masa kini, memang elok perancangan kerajaan untuk meningkatkan mutu dan kualiti kemudahan awam seperti itu. Bukan orang lain yang menggunakan kemudahan itu, sebaliknya orang ramai juga yang akan menerima manfaat.

Jika selama-lamanya menggunakan Terminal Bas Wilayah di Batu 3, akhirnya kerajaan pula dituduh tidak menyediakan kemudahan yang selesa dan berkualiti kepada rakyat.

Tetapi syukur kerana pemilik syarikat-syarikat bas setuju untuk berpindah, dan secara tidak langsung mereka memperakui perancangan kerajaan adalah berteraskan manfaat terhadap rakyat semata-mata.

The Borneo Post ada laporan berita berhubung isu ini :-

by Lim How Pim
Posted on April 14, 2012, Saturday

Full operation starting May 1

KUCHING: Dissenting bus operators finally bury hatchet with Kuching Sentral after protracted bargaining.

The remaining 15 bus operators who initially refused to move to Kuching Sentral have finally agreed to move to the new bus terminal here.

Although only seven of them were seen operating at the new bus terminal at Mile 6, Jalan Penrissen as of yesterday, by May 1 (Labour Day) all 15 will be there to serve commuters.

Sarawak Transport Company Association chairman Lau Khing Seng said bus operators have ironed out the issues they had with Kuching Sentral Sdn Bhd.

“We find the seven per cent charged for terminal operation and management reasonable. Previously it was 10 per cent and they have agreed to reduce it to seven per cent,” he told journalists during a signing ceremony at the MBKS chamber here yesterday.

Mayor James Chan witnessed the signing between Kuching Sentral Sdn Bhd with eight bus operators – SJS, Sungei Merah, Eva, ATS, Damry, Baram, Freesia and Lanang.

According to Kuching Sentral Sdn Bhd director Raymond Sim, the other seven operators had earlier signed similar agreement.

Over a month ago, the association said one reason for its refusal to move was that the design of Kuching Sentral did not comply with the specifications some bus operators had put forward.

To this, Lau said he did not have any comment while Sim said “we will always take opinions of bus operators into account to make improvements”.

Meanwhile, Chan expressed confidence that all the bus operators would move in by May 1.

“I have not been to Kuching Sentral myself. Based on hearsay from my own people, Kuching Sentral is one of the best places in Kuching.

“Some of them say it is great that they can enjoy the air-conditioned environment while waiting for the bus. I hope Kuching Sentral will become a model bus terminal in Sarawak, and that other divisions get the same facility too.”

Personal Accident Policy for passengers

A joint statement by Kuching Sentral Sdn Bhd and Sarawak Bus Transport Company Association said tickets sold outside Kuching Sentral would be charged a fee of RM2 each.

It added that a Personal Accident Policy (PAP) worth RM10,000 would be provided for passengers, who purchased tickets at Kuching Sentral.

“There is no extra cost to the passengers for this PAP; it is borne by Kuching Sentral Sdn Bhd Management.”

 

 

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