KUALA LUMPUR: Prasarana Malaysia Berhad (Prasarana) is in the midst of making preparations for the operations of the Al Mashaaer Al Mugaddassah Makkah Metro Southern Line (MMMSL) during the haj season this year, following the success of its first run last year.
In a statement issued Tuesday, Prasarana Group president and chief executive officer Datuk Azmi Abdul said the preparations carried out jointly in stages with the Saudi Arabian authorities would ensure the smooth operations of the MMMSL.
“The actual operations of the MMMSL service are only for seven days but our preparations are conducted throughout the year based on the work schedule which had been set.
“This included the pre-trial operations for 30 days (June 6 to July 5) before the actual operations, the trial period for 60 days (July 9 to Sept 6) and the Emergency Response Plan which we have planned for Sept 1, he said.
This was a priority project of Prasarana, specifically the PRIME (Prasarana Integrated Management and Engineering Services) which is currently bidding for several other projects in the Middle East to boost revenue for the Prasarana Group and open doors for other Malaysian companies, he added.
Azmi said during the haj season this year, the MMMSL service will be from Sept 8 to 14, with 14 trains which could transport more than 350,000 passengers daily, especially during the peak days of the months of Zulhijjah 9 and 10.
“During the operations period, we will have more than 7,000 staff, including about 400 Malaysians, especially from Prasarana and its subsidiaries.
“God willing, this year Prasarana will make early preparations and it has the experience of conducting the service last year. The operations there are different from the operations of our trains in Kuala Lumpur,” he said.
On the maintenance works of the train, Azmi said continuous efforts were made after the haj season last year but at a minimum level.
“The maintenance works were carried out for all signal systems and electricity supply. All the systems have been maintained and tested,” he said.
The MMMSL service covers a network of 18.1km connecting various haj locations with nine stations.