Prime Minister briefed on station’s progress during visit to construction site

MRT Tun Razak

KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak visited the construction site of the Tun Razak Exchange (TRX) Mass Rapid Transport (MRT) station to inspect the progress of the most modern public transport hub in the country, which is scheduled for completion in July 2017.

The Prime Minister arrived at the site at Jalan Tun Razak here at 4.40pm yesterday and was welcomed by MRT Corporation Sdn Bhd chairman Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa, who is also the Chief Secretary to the Government, Bernama reported.

Immediately after donning a safety helmet, jacket and boots, Najib was given a briefing on the status of the project and was told that it was almost 60% completed.

Najib was then taken on a walkabout at the site including up the viewing deck, station platform and commuter tunnels and was seen nodding and smiling several times as he was briefed.

The TRX MRT station is the biggest among the seven underground MRT stations along the Sungai Buloh-Kajang (SBK) route which will later be extended to Serdang and Putrajaya (MRT Two Route).

The SBK Route, which is being built under the first phase of the MRT Project, covers a distance of 51km with 31 stations and can accommodate 1.2 million commuters.

MRT Corp Tunnelling Project Director Satpal S. Bhogal said in a statement that the overall completion of the underground work was at 75% with tunnelling work completed at 95% as of January.

Satpal said the work was also progressing well at all seven MRT underground stations with 63% completion at the Maluri station followed by 62% at the Muzium Negara station, Pasar Seni station (61%), Merdeka station (56%), TRX station (58%) and Bukit Bintang (48%).

In a foreword written for the In­­ternational Conference and Ex­hi­­bi­tion on Tunnelling and Un­­derground Space here yesterday, Najib said advances in underground space technology have helped enhance transportation facilities, thus pro-viding new links between cities while reducing congestion and tra­vel time.

The two-day exhibition and con­­ference, which ends today, is or­ganised by the Tunnelling & Un­­derground Space Technical Divisi­on of the Insti­tution of Engineers, Malaysia.

Sharing #1. Why Invest in Property near urban public transportation system?

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Because public infrastructure cannot be easily duplicate in other property developments. The most valuable feature of a real estate is its LOCATION. Location does not simply mean “the house is located at Puchong, a booming area, so its location is good”. That thinking is just part of the meaning of location, the whole idea of location, is actually include the accessibility, transportations, and amenities.

For example, if the property is located on one way street. You may think that it is just minor issue, but in actual, it is very inconvenience as there is only one route to go back home every day, especially if that house is for your own stay.

You can easily find information regarding amenities surrounding real estate from other source, thus I will only highlight on public transportation, especially MRT, LRT, KTM & Monorail.

Why? If you go to any developer’s sales gallery, you would probably hear about terms like infinity swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sky garden, etc. If you make your decision to buy based on these, you are most probably not making the right decision, because all these facilities can be easily duplicate in other new property developments. Based on my observation, the most valuable feature of a real estate in Klang Valley is located within 500m walking distance to urban public transportation system.

Urban Public Transportation systems mean the existing Ampang Line LRT, Kelana Jaya Line LRT, KTM Komuter, Monorail, and the upcoming systems MRT Sungai Buloh – Kajang Line, Ampang Line LRT Extension, Kelana Jaya Line LRT Extension, and probably the Monorail Extension.

All these is Urban Public Transportation system that require a lot of money to build, need involvement of Federal Government and no developer can build it by themselves. Once you own a real estate near these transportation systems, you have great advantage compare with other real estate in terms of resale and attracting tenants. Not all real estate are equal, just open the Google Maps and you can see how wide is Klang Valley, there is so many houses, what is so special about them if not because close proximity to urban public transportation system?

If you are familiar with public transportation system in Malaysia, you would probably question why Bus is not in? and why KTM Komuter is in? Bus is a form of public transportation, but in Malaysia’s context, I think close proximity to a bus stop is not an important feature of a real estate, simply because bus is not reliable. To wait for a bus at bus station, it can easily take you 30min, to a maximum of “unknown”, as after 1 hour plus of waiting, you probably rather take a taxi and leave that bus station. KTM Komuter is in because in 2012, they change their EMU Train set to the new EMU Train built by CSR Zhuzhou, capacity increased and the on time reliability also increased. KTM Komuter is no longer the Komuter in our memory which is always pack and always late.

Why limit to 500m walking distance? Property developers know that located close to all these station is important, most probably you will hear them saying: our project is only 10min driving to xxx LRT Station. In city driving speed, say 40km/h, 10min distance mean 6.6km away. What is the different between 6.6km and 500m? Imagine a couple staying in the house, every morning the husband needs to drive to work at PJ, while the wife needs to take LRT to work at KLCC area. If the distance is 500m, the husband has the flexibility to drive to work at anytime, as the wife can just walk to the LRT station. If the distance is 6.6km, either the husband has to depart earlier, to send the wife to LRT station, or they need to buy a new car, so that the wife can drive to LRT Station. A completely different cost structure and convenience level, property located more than 500m walking distance to the stations is almost same as not close to any stations. Within 500m is most comfortable walking distance for weather in Malaysia.

Besides being unable to replicate by newer property developments so that the property can command higher resale value and easier to attract tenants, owning a property near urban public transportation system is also a form of hedge against increase in fuel price. Petroleum is becoming increasingly expensive due to limited supply, if one day driving becomes so expensive that people do not drive to work, being beside the stations give you an advantage, not mention the value of properties beside stations at that time.

Underground Tunnel In Jalan Imbi Collapses


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Project: Pudu Underpass by DBKL

KUALA LUMPUR: Traffic is at a snarl in the city after part of a road at the intersection of Jalan Pudu and Jalan Hang Tuah where an underground tunnel was being constructed collapsed, Wednesday morning.

Kuala Lumpur Fire and Rescue department assistant director (operations) Azizan Ismail said the tunnel, which is part of Pudu underpass project by Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL), sunk twice at approximately 10.38am and 12.20pm, Wednesday.

“We predict that the road will collapse further along the tunnel line.

The collapse has damaged Syabas water pipes.

It is learnt that two idle excavators were in the tunnel when the incident occurred but no casualties have been reported,” he said.

Thirty personnel from the fire department as well as two teams comprising of 20 DBKL rescue personnel, police, and Prasarana officers are on site to assist with the situation.

Source: The Star – News

More About Pudu Underpass: The Star – Pudu Underpass

MRT Corp seeks speedy Line 2 decision



KUALA LUMPUR: Mass Rapid Transit Corp Sdn Bhd (MRT Corp) hopes a decision on Line 2 of the Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit (KVMRT) project will be made soon as it wants to immediately deploy resources to it from Line 1, which is more than 40 per cent completed.

“We hope that a decision on Line 2 will be made soon so that we can deploy the learning curve and resources from Line 1 and not waste them. The faster Line 2 starts the better, as Line 1 is progressing well.

“The ball is in the MOF’s (Ministry of Finance) court,” said MRT Corp chief executive officer Datuk Azhar Abdul Hamid.

According to Azhar, 45.59 per cent of Line 1 has been completed as at May 31.

He said seven more contracts worth slightly below RM1 billion will be given out this year, bringing the total value of jobs awarded to RM23 billion.

MMC-Gamuda JV — a 50:50 joint venture between Gamuda Bhd and MMC Corp Bhd — was appointed as the project delivery partner (PDP) for Line 1 in January 2011. It also won the RM8.2 billion tunnelling job.

As a PDP, it will receive a six per cent fee of Line 1’s total contract value. Should the total cost of the project be less than or equal to the targeted cost, the PDP will be entitled to the full fee. However, if the project cost is more than the targeted cost, the fee will be cut in accordance with the agreed formula.

A PDP’s top priority is to ensure the successful completion of mass rapid transit lines within the pre-determined target cost and date.

In the event a contractor or a sub-contractor does not meet the pre-determined work package requirements, the PDP will step in at no risk to project delivery cost and time.

On Line 2, Azhar said it will also be implemented based on the PDP concept and opened to the private sector.

“The government has said Line 2 will be done based on a PDP concept and it is its call on who it wants,” he told Business Times.

MRT Corp is the implementation agency and asset owner of the KVMRT, which comprises three lines estimated to cost around RM80 billion.

Line 1, which is under construction, is from Sungai Buloh to Kajang.

Line 2 will comprise the north-south line from Selayang to Putrajaya, while Line 3 is the circle line that will loop around the Kuala Lumpur city centre.

It is understood that the Land Public

Transport Commission has completed the alignment feasibility study for Line 2 and it is currently being reviewed by the MOF.




MRT Corp dumps contractor over incident at project site



KUALA LUMPUR — Mass Rapid Transit Corporation Sdn Bhd (MRT Corp) has terminated the sub­contractual services of Bersatu Hati Enterprise for negligence, following an incident involving two vehicles near Pusat Bandar Damansara MRT project site.

MRT Corp said it viewed any incident that put the public at risk seriously, and requirements to comply with safety, health and environment procedures for each work package contractor were a contractual obligation.

MRT Corp said following investigations with MRT Project Delivery partner MMC Gamuda KVMRT (PDP) Sdn Bhd, Bersatu Hati Enterprise’s services had been terminated. “In enforcing strict compliance of these procedures, MRT Corp has blacklisted Bersatu Hati Enterprise from undertaking any Klang Valley MRT projects,” it said.

MRT Corp and MMC Gamuda are said to be reviewing Sunway Construction’s safety practices to further enhance safety, as they have taken full responsibility over the inci­dent. Sunway Construction has terminated a staff member, who was supervising the worksite, with immediate effect.

On Tuesday, a car was crushed by a sheet pile that had slipped from a stack at an MRT project site along the Sprint Highway. The vehicle then collided with another car which was next to it. The driver of the first car sustained cuts and injuries and was given outpatient treatment at a nearby hospital while the driver of the other car was unhurt.

Images which had been circulating on social media sites drew public attention, demanding answers from MRT Corp.

Sg Buloh­Kajang MRT Line 45.6% completed

Sg Buloh MRT Station

KUALA LUMPUR: Mass Rapid Transit Corp Sdn Bhd (MRT Corp), which yesterday awarded five more contracts worth RM519.5 million for the Klang Valley MRT project, said the 51km Sungai Buloh­Kajang Line is 45.6% completed, leaving 11 work packages to be awarded.

“Progress on the MRT project is good, standing at 45.6% for elevated and underground construction, as at May 31. Underground construction itself has shown significant growth too, which is now at 61.5%,” MRT Corp chief executive officer Datuk Wira Azhar Abdul Hamid said in a statement yesterday.

“With the five contracts awarded, we now have only 11 more work packages to be awarded. All remaining contracts will be given out this year,” he said.

To date, 74 out of 85 work packages have been awarded for the construction of the Sungai Buloh­Kajang MRT Line.

Azhar is confident that MRT Corp will achieve the target of first phase operation by December 2016, and full operation by July 2017. The first phase will run from the Sungai Buloh Station to Semantan Station, while Phase 2 will include the seven underground stations and the remaining elevated stations all the way to the Kajang Station.

The latest awards were made by the One­Stop Procurement Committee (OSPC) on June 17, which was chaired by Second Finance Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah.

The packages were awarded to Kone Elevator (M) Sdn Bhd (RM68 million), Perkasa Sutera Sdn Bhd (RM128.9 million), RD Resources Sdn Bhd (RM123.2 million), Innoseven Sdn Bhd (RM116 million) and Budaya Restu Sdn Bhd (RM83.4 million).