Puchong’s time to shine has finally come. A new finding by iPropertyiQ showed that Puchong is now the fourth highly sought after location in Malaysia. Join our Puchongite, Lucky Ducky, as she takes the train and discovers how the LRT project has transformed this once ulu area into one of Malaysia’s sought after township
By Lucky Ducky
Quack! It’s me, Lucky Ducky, your new correspondent from Puchong.
If you are a Puchongite, I am sure you are familiar with the problems faced by fellow residents.
In fact, ask any Klang Valley urbanites what their number one daily frustration is and they will tell you hands down that it is the traffic jams. Therefore, it is no wonder thousands of KLites breathed collective sighs of relief when full service for the Ampang-Sri Petaling LRT Extension Line became commenced on 30 June 2016.
Measuring some 18.1 km long and comprising 11 new stations that extends from the existing Sri Petaling station, the line now makes it possible for those living in Southern Kuala Lumpur to travel to the city centre via rail. Let this Puchongite explain to you three game-changing ways arising from this RM10 billion project.
1. Improved accessibility
Remember those days when we used to get caught in horrible daily traffic congestion? Let’s not even talk about the floods!
Well, those days are now over as the opening of the Ampang LRT Extension Line has made traffic a lot more smoother. There are now seven stations running through the township, namely BK5 (Kinrara), IOI Puchong Jaya, Pusat Bandar Puchong, Taman Perindustrian Puchong, Bandar Puteri Puchong, Puchong Perdana and Puchong Prima. This would bode well for Puchong’s population of 400,000 which will continue to grow.
It does not stop there. Commuters from Puchong can now enjoy easy accessibility to the whole of Greater Klang Valley as the Ampang LRT Extension Line is integrated with the Kelana Jaya LRT, the Batu Caves-Seremban KTM, the Tanjung Malim-Pelabuhan Klang KTM, the ERL KLIA Transit, the KL Monorail and the soon to be completed MRT Line 1 (Sungai Buloh-Kajang).
Hence, it does not matter if your workplace is in KL or as far away as Cyberjaya and Seremban. The Ampang LRT Extension Line and its sister rails will have your back!
View the whole integrated transport magic system here
2. Savings, savings and more savings!
Let’s talk about the LRT’s biggest boons – time and cash savings!
Take for example a trip from Bandar Puteri Puchong station to KL Sentral. This 24 km journey can either take you 45 minutes or an-hour-and-a-half, depending on the time of the day.
Considering the burgeoning traffic conditions in KL coupled with the current rainy weather, it is safe to say that the commute in the mornings and evenings will involve a lot of hair-pulling.
In addition, the travelling cost is not cheap – a one way trip can come up to almost RM9 (plus an additional RM4.70 for toll charges along the LDP and NPE & RM4 for petrol). This does not include parking fees and your car’s wear and tear, which contributes to another estimated RM10 in expenditures.
In contrast, the journey by public transport, will take you 45 minutes and costs you RM4.60. Comprising 19 stops from Bandar Puteri Puchong LRT station to Masjid Jamek interchange station and then hopping onto the Kelana Jaya Line to the KL Sentral station, this translates to a cost saving of RM14 or a whopping 75 per cent – one way.
Instead of getting caught in traffic, you now have the luxury of time in using that 45 minutes to catch up on some reading or a shut-eye.
3. Puchong is rising in popularity – accessibility & affordability, checked!
Not everyone who works in the city centre can afford to purchase a home there, especially, Gen Ys.
Hence, it is no surprise that Puchong has always been a top choice among aspiring home buyers as there are numerous affordable property options and the township has it all – from shopping centres to hypermarkets such as Tesco Extra Puchong, Giant Bandar Puteri Mall and AEON Big Puchong Utama.
This does not include the many educational institutions comprising 24 primary schools, 13 secondary schools, three colleges/university colleges and Taylor’s International School.
In the past, many used to find Puchong’s traffic conditions a deal-breaker. However, that is now a distant thing with the LRT extension line. With enhanced connectivity, Puchong has seen an uptick in interest among property buyers.
For example, according to data obtained from iProperty.com’s iPropertyiQ, Puchong ranked fourth as one of the top residential hotspots in Malaysia as of September 2016. (See graph above)
So what are you waiting for? – Get your hands on a slice of Puchong’s property pie today.
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Disclaimer: No animals have been harmed in the process of writing this story.