KUALA LUMPUR, 15 Mac (Bernama) — Projek pembinaan MRT Laluan Kedua akan tetap diteruskan walaupun negara kini berdepan dengan cabaran ekonomi global yang sedikit sebanyak menjejas bajet kerajaan, kata Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
Beliau berkata ia adalah antara komitmen kerajaan untuk memastikan pembinaan tersebut dapat disempurnakan dengan lancar, membawa manfaat kepada semua secara saksama termasuk dari segi peluang pekerjaan dan pendapatan selain perkhidmatan MRT itu dapat dinikmati orang awam.
“Ini jelas sekali menunjukkan bahawa Malaysia bukanlah satu negara yang gagal seperti yang dituduh oleh sebilangan ahli politik tertentu dan kerajaan tidak sama sekali menghadapi apa-apa krisis kewangan,” kata Najib menerusi catatan dalam blognya http://www.najibrazak.com, hari ini.
The first package of the RM28 billion Sungai Buloh-Serdang-Putrajaya Mass Rapid Transit Line (MRT Line 2) is expected to be awarded next month.
Mass Rapid Transit Corp Sdn Bhd (MRT Corp) CEO Datuk Seri Shahril Mokhtar said MRT Corp submitted the MRT Line 2 final plan to the Land Public Transport Commission last week and it expects to receive the final approval from the commission by mid-October.
“We have completed the pre-qualification exercise for civil works and we expect to award the first package as early as October.
Construction of the 52.2 km-long KL MRT 2 line was initially slated to commence in June 2016 next year. Now, the MRT Corp will be looking to start earlier, as soon as the final alignment and railway scheme for the line is approved by the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) next month, reports The Sun.
Datuk Shahril Mokhtar, CEO of MRT Corp said, ”we expect construction to start as early as the first quarter of next year as the tender for the first package of construction will be out next month. The first package is for the 4km stretch to start from Sungai Buloh,” he noted.
According to him, final details of the Sungai Buloh-Serdang-Putrajaya (SSP) line was presented to SPAD last week. In it, comprises details of the private land acquisition under Section 4 and Section 8 of the Land Acquisition Act 1960. The final approval by SPAD will only come in October.
Construction pre-qualifications for the MRT stations and guideways have also been completed said the CEO. Total cost for the SSP line is said to total RM28 billion after taking currency fluctuation risks into consideration, in which Mokhtar noted was minimal in terms of its impact.
Once completed, the 52.2 km line will have a total of 36 stations. Out of the total stretch, 13.5 km will run through an underground tunnel, while a total of 11 stations out of 36 will be situated underground. From end-to-end, the total time to travel is estimated to be 84 minutes. Park and Ride facilities will also be available along the network.