KL on track to megacity status
Joseph Wong | 05 Dec 2014 00:30
GREATER Kuala Lumpur, with a quarter of the nation’s 29.7 million residents, is on track to achieve the status of megacity by the end of the decade once it hits a population of 10 million. The most populous city in Malaysia covers 243 sq km and has an estimated population of two million; but Greater Kuala Lumpur is reported to have about 7.2 million residents. Greater Kuala Lumpur – which, according to the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD), includes Kuala Lumpur city, Putrajaya, Klang, Kajang, Subang Jaya, Selayang, Petaling Jaya, Shah Alam, Ampang Jaya and Sepang – covers 2,793.27 sq km. The commission’s master plan includes an integrated, 20-year plan to transform land public transport in the region in response to local needs and aspirations, and to provide consistency with the Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL) city plan, local plans in Selangor and the Putrajaya plan, an SPAD source says. “This makes sense because over 37% of the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP) is identified as being related to Kuala Lumpur and Selangor,” he says.

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