Projek Lintasan Kota Holdings Sdn Bhd (PROLINTAS) has released details of the concession agreements of three expressways under its management. The three expressways are the Ampang-Kuala Lumpur Elevated Highway (AKLEH), Guthrie Corridor Expressway (GCE) and the Lebuhraya Kemuning-Shah Alam (LKSA).
“We want to be clear and transparent about the details of the agreements so that road-users get an accurate picture of the expressways managed by PROLINTAS instead of relying on rumours and hearsay from third parties,” explained Datuk Ir. Zainudin A.Kadir, Group Chief Executive of PROLINTAS.
“Of particular interest to road-users are the details of the road-user charges which we have strived to keep as low as possible for all the expressways under our management. While the concession agreements have provided provisions for increases in road-user charges, we have maintained road-user charges at RM1.50 for AKLEH and RM1.20 for LKSA at the Seri Muda toll plaza from day one and only made a slight increase from RM1.00 to RM1.40 for GCE in 2007,” explained Datuk Ir. Zainudin.
In the case of AKLEH, road-user charges were supposed to have increased to RM2.50 in 2008 and then to RM3.50 in 2015 for Class 1 Vehicles. To maintain charges at RM1.50, PROLINTAS has been compensated RM119.2 million to date based on the difference between actual toll collected and toll that would have been collected if the increases were put in place.
“Whatever compensation that has been collected has been channelled back into upgrading works. AKLEH’s expansion from an existing 2-lane dual carriageway into a 3-lane dual carriageway from KM4.6 to KM6.0 was required of us in the concession agreement if traffic exceeded 93,600 vehicles per day. This upgrade alone cost us RM120 million,” said AKLEH GM, Engku Mohd Fauzi Engku Hatim.
“We will try our best to continue to upgrade and maintain our expressways and hope that road-user charges are kept low so that as many people as possible can benefit from shorter distances and faster travel times to their destinations comfortably and safely,” added Datuk Ir. Zainudin.
The public can request to view the concession agreements at the Ministry of Works Malaysia, Block B, 6th Floor, Kompleks Kerja Raya, Jalan Sultan Salahuddin, 50580 Kuala Lumpur.
PROLINTAS, fully owned by Permodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB), was incorporated on January 19, 1995 as an investment holding company with interest in infrastructure development. It is the concessionaire holder of the Ampang-Kuala Lumpur Elevated Highway (AKLEH), Guthrie Corridor Expressway (GCE) and the Lebuhraya Kemuning-Shah Alam (LKSA) through its subsidiaries, Projek Lintasan Kota Sdn Bhd, PROLINTAS Expressway Sdn Bhd and Projek Lintasan Shah Alam Sdn Bhd respectively.