Mar 1, 2007

Samy Vellu to confirm Smart Tunnel toll charge as RM2?

Samy Oh Samy, so are you confirming that toll charges for Smart Tunnel that cost RM600 million is going to be RM2?

KUALA LUMPUR, March 1 (Bernama) -- Works Minister Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu Thursday came out guns blazing at Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) for speculating the toll rate of the newly completed Stormwater Management and Road Tunnel (Smart) project.

"I congratulate them (PKR), they can set up an information centre on tolls and they can make announcements on toll rates, let them make the announcements.

"The government has yet to finalise the toll rate for the Smart tunnel," he told reporters after launching MIC's national training and employment portal and series of seminars at the party headquarters here.

Samy Vellu, who is also MIC president, was asked to comment on a report in an internet-based news website yesterday which quoted a PKR leader as saying, among other things, the toll for the tunnel would be RM2.

The leader also revealed certain figures, like the estimated income from the toll, and the subsequent increase of the toll rates in the future.

"They (PKR) don't understand that to construct a 4-km tunnel like this cost RM600 million while to construct a 4-km road is only RM45 million," Samy Vellu added.

The Smart project, costing more than RM2 billion, would connect Sungai Besi and the federal capital via a tunnel, which could also be used to flow flood water from the city centre to the outskirts. It is expected to be opened to traffic in two weeks.

"It is not mandatory for cars to use the tunnel...if you don't want to use it then you can opt for the untolled road but that would take you 90 minutes to reach your destination.

Asked about the threat by certain quarters that they would lodge police reports against the Minister for alleged discrepancies in the project, including the toll fare, Samy Vellu said:" They can go to hell".

"I can also make a police report saying that they are trying to pressurise me into making public the toll rate, which has yet to be announced...that they are doing this by not following the government rules and regulations," he added.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

simple mate and dont have to listen to mr samy antics again. toll rate has already been fixed otherwise how is the owner going to get financing for this project. and if the government tries anything to reduce the toll rate, compensation clause is going to kick in. by the way, its the taxpayers who are going to pay. gosh, its like heads he wins and tails you lose. hobsons choice?