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Engineers Test Machine for KVMRT Project

SCHWANAU (Germany): Engineers from MMC-Gamuda KVMRT (T) Sdn Bhd have conducted testing on the world’s first variable density slurry shield tunnel boring machine.

MMC-Gamuda is the main underground works contractor for the Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit (KVMRT), which is the largest public infrastructure project in the country.

The test was also witnessed by MRT Corporation, project owner of the 51km Sungai Buloh-Kajang urban rail line, targeted for completion by 2017.

Equipped with a cutterhead measuring 6.67m in diameter, the machine is custom-built to tackle the stretch of karst a type of limestone from Maluri towards Bukit Bintang, along which three of the seven underground MRT stations will be located.

Six such machines, costing around RM400mil, have been ordered by MMC-Gamuda for this difficult terrain while four earth pressure balance machines will be used for the rest of the more predictable sedimentary rock formation.

“Sinkholes and ground subsidence at highly built-up areas are something that we cannot afford. So, we expect these sophisticated machines to help us overcome the challenge,” said Sati Boghal, MMC-Gamuda’s project director for MRT underground works.

The machine was unveiled at the factory of its manufacturer, Herrenknecht AG, among the world’s largest makers of tunnel boring machines, here on Thursday.

It was jointly developed between Herrenknecht and MMC-Gamuda, based on MMC-Gamuda’s experience with the Kuala Lumpur’s Smart Tunnel project a decade ago.

Sati said the test marked yet another milestone in the progress of the underground works.

“Barring any unforeseen circumstance, this machine will arrive in Malaysia by the end of March so that tunnelling can start by the second quarter,” he said.

MRT Corp strategic communications and public relations director Amir Mahmood Razak said it was pleased with the progress of work.

 

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MRT CORP AWARDS THREE MORE SYSTEMS CONTRACTS

Kuala Lumpur, 29 October 2012: Following the meeting of its One Stop Procurement Committee (OSPC), Mass Rapid Transit Corporation Sdn Bhd (MRT Corp) would like to announce than three more systems work packages have been awarded with a total value of RM107.3 million.
The OSPC meeting was held on 25 October 2012 and was chaired by the Secretary General of the Treasury, Dato’ Sri Dr Mohd Irwan Siregar Bin Abdullah.
A joint venture between A.F.S. Engineering (M) Sdn Bhd and ST Electronics Ltd was awarded the contract for the supply of facility SCADA for the MRT Sungai Buloh-Kajang line. The contract price is RM23.24 million. SCADA is used to monitor and control industrial processes.
MRT Corp also awarded the contract for the engineering, procurement, construction, testing and commissioning of the electronic access control system for the project today to a consortium comprising Apex Communication Sdn Bhd and Johnson Controls (M) Sdn Bhd. The contract price is RM41.04 million.

Meanwhile, the work package for the supply of the building management system for the MRT Sungai Buloh-Kajang line was awarded to Metronic Engineering Sdn Bhd. The contract is valued at RM43.04 million.

All the companies had earlier pre-qualified to tender for the respective systems work packages. All three contracts are for a duration of 82 months.
The contracts were the first successful tenders for A.F.S. Engineering, ST Electronics and Metronic. Apex Communication has won three previous contracts for this project. In August, it had secured the S7 package which was for the construction of Balakong and Taman Koperasi stations worth RM104.7
million. Earlier this month, Apex Communication secured the S8 package, to build the Saujana Impian, Bandar Kajang and Kajang stations at a value of RM251.7 million. The company, in a consortium with LG CNS, had also won the telecommunications work package for the project valued at RM319.9 million.

MRT Corp CEO Dato’ Azhar Abdul Hamid congratulated the companies on their success. “These companies had the best evaluated tenders. They have demonstrated their capabilities and experience and will ensure the MRT line gets the best quality at the best price,” says Dato’ Azhar.With the awards, which are subject to the signing of Letter of Award by all parties, 53 of the 85 works packages have now been awarded, with a total value of RM19.8 billion. The balance 32 packages are expected to be awarded by the end of the year.

SHOULD WE PARK AND RIDE?

Recently, one of my long-serving staff decided to give up her job. In most cases, people leave a job for greener pastures. Her case was different.

She lives at one end of Kuala Lumpur (KL) and works at the other end of KL. It would be reasonable to believe that travelling within KL should be a breeze. Yet, on average she spends up to three hours each day on the road to travel to and from work. While she loves working with the company, the tiring years of spending many hours on the road has worn her down and her family time has been greatly shortened.

To many, the announcement of the Klang Valley My Rapid Transit (KVMRT) project is like a timely rain to ease the drought. The development of public transportation dictates the ease of mobility and connectivity in a city, which is a key factor for KL to become a world-class city, and for Klang Valley to elevate to the next level.

Attractive line

Being an architect and a developer, creating quality lifestyle has always been my keen interest, and I do look forward to the development of KVMRT. The first Sungai Buloh-Kajang line that has 51km in total length is expected to generate great benefits along the route once it is completed.

It will attract more people to move into Klang Valley, achieving the mission of growing the Greater KL’s population, and eventually spurring the development of the country.

As the MRT project shoulders the important role of changing lifestyles of a huge population, it is important to be prudent in every single detail right from the planning stage to ensure the desirable outcomes are achieved, to the benefit of all, including the owner and operator of the MRT, as well as its end users.

Serving its purpose

Based on the plan, the Sungai Buloh-Kajang line is targeted to serve a catchment of 1.2 million people with 31 stations in total. Thirteen of these stations are expected to have the park-and-ride facilities. How viable are these facilities? Will they do more harm than good in solving the issue of traffic congestion, scarcity of land for housing and preservation of environment?

Before we delve further, let’s ask ourselves this question: “How far are we prepared to walk under Malaysia’s tropical weather?”

Answers may vary but the average acceptable distance will be 300m to 500m. If this is the comfortable distance for people to walk to the MRT stations, how many cars can we accommodate within the neighbourhood of this radius? How big a space should be allocated as parking bays next to the stations?

If one acre is allocated, it can only accommodate 150 cars, which is too few to satisfy the demand.

If the car park area is increased to three acres for 450 cars, it will be a huge waste of valuable space as the land next to the MRT station is a prime property. The construction and maintenance costs of these car parks will result in high parking fees for the users. Unlike shopping complexes which can charge reasonable parking fees to attract more shoppers and in turn, subsidise its car parks’ maintenance cost.

In some developed countries, the same piece of land would be used to develop high rise dwellings or commercial buildings.

For example, instead of constructing a car park, the same three acres can be utilised to build 450 units of apartments of 1,200 sq ft each.

The idea of constructing 1,200 sq ft apartments will also attract more middle income group who can afford to own cars to use MRT instead. This will generate more volume to the MRT stations, increasing the economy of scale and thus lowering the price of ticket.

These stations will eventually become centres of attraction for commercial activities, creating more business and employment opportunities for the areas.

In addition to constructing high-rise buildings nearby the stations, feeder buses can be used to increase the accessibility to the MRT station. The MRT operator must ensure the feeder buses are frequent and timely in delivering reliable services to MRT commuters. Another option is to build covered walkways to encourage more people to use the MRT facility.

Riding quality

In order to attract people to stay near the MRT stations, noise and pollution from the MRT system should be reduced. One of the most effective ways of doing so is to go underground.

We should have more underground stations to ensure the quality of living for those who stay around the stations. Such areas can later on be expanded to become commercial hubs, complementing the existing business activities on the ground, such as what have been practised in Singapore, Hong Kong and Taipei.

Going underground may be expensive. Nonetheless, one has to consider the economic and social impacts of MRT stations in the long run. If it is not viable to go underground, are there any other options that are worth considering? What about building an elevated tunnel enclosed with fiberglass (similar to our KLIA’s Skytrain) to cut down noise pollution?

There are many possibilities that can be explored with the development of MRT system. With proper planning, MRT system can ease the traffic flow and enrich quality of life for the people living in Klang Valley. However, with park-and ride stations, the concern is, does it serve the purpose of easing traffic congestion within if MRT commuters still need to drive to MRT stations?

Datuk Alan Tong is the group chairman of Bukit Kiara Properties. He was the FIABCI world president in 2005-2006 and was named Property Man of The Year 2010 by FIABCI Malaysia.

Why we need to tunnel underground for the MRT?

Kuala Lumpur is a densely developed city with no pre-planned corridors for a transit network such as the MRT. Moreover, in order for the MRT to accomplish its objective, it needs to provide connections to the busiest centres in the Klang Valley, and these areas are also typically the most densely developed. The MRT Sungai Buloh – Kajang line will be the preeminent people mover in the region once completed catering to 1.2 million people with an estimated daily ridership of over 400,000 passengers a day by 2020.

There is also the question of speed and efficiency. Trains can travel faster underground than they can above ground because it is enclosed within a controlled environment.

There are questions as to why the MRT route could not be built above ground instead similar to some parts of the existing LRT network. There are three very good reasons why it can’t be done: i) cost, ii) destruction of property and iii) complexity of the construction process.

To build an above-ground rail route would be cost prohibitive, and would also require a very severe change to the cityscape, putting heritage centres at risk of demolition. Construction of such a route would also be inefficient, and extremely disruptive to the day-to-day lives of city dwellers.

 

Quoted from: MMC-Gamuda KVMRT Website

 

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MRT to award 38 contracts by year-end

PETALING JAYA: Mass Rapid Transit Corp Sdn Bhd (MRT Corp) expects to award the remaining 38 contracts worth approximately RM2 billion, by year-end.

Director of Strategic Communications and Public Relations, Amir Mahmood Razak said 47 of the 85 packages worth over RM20 billion had been awarded, with 47 per cent of the projects going to Bumiputera contractors.

“The balance of the projects are not so big, including some system packages,” he told a media briefing on the V2 MRT Viaduct Works from Kota Damansara to Dataran Sunway, today.

When asked about the MRT lines two and three, Amir said the group had yet to be informed of its progress by the government.

“They are still undertaking the feasibility study. I think the plan is to announce the lines at least by the first half of next year.
“If the new lines are to be announced by then, we will be able to award some of the new contracts by end-2013. That would be a fair estimate,” he added. — BERNAMA

 

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Klang Valley MRT Line 2 – KL Eco City

Some hints about the station and line alignment of MRT Line 2, one of the station will be KL Eco City, beside Mid Valley. The other possible station as map above.

Source: KL Eco City website

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MRT My Ride… I need MRT because…

There is a contest by MRT Corp as below:

Prizes:

3 X RM5,000 Cash (October, November, December 2012)

1 x RM10,000 Cash

Contest Overview

The ‘I need MRT because…,contest is an easy and fantastic opportunity for you to publicly express your ideas on why you need the MRT and win public acclaim along with cash prizes. You have to write lines that capture best ‘your reasons’ for needing the MRT and put up images that go with the lines. After that all you have to do is to get friends and family to vote for your entry.

Incentives
The four winning entries (three monthly winners and a grand prize winner) will also be used as inspiration for MRT Corp’s upcoming advertisements.

Cash Prizes

MRT Corp is also giving away RM5,000 every month for three months to the entries that receive the most votes each month (note: contest begins 23rd September 2012 and the first winner will be announced on 23rd October 2012. Subsequent winners will be announced on the 23rd of each following month until December, 2012).

Furthermore, all monthly winners are eligible for the Grand Prize worth RM10,000 in cash. Whether you have just recently entered or even if you have already won a monthly prize, the entry that has earned the most votes overall by the end of the contest period will become our Grand Prize winner.

For more info, please visit http://www.mrtmyride.com.my/

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Kuala Lumpur MRT Line e-Map

MRT Blue Line (Sungai Buloh – Kajang) Station Alignment Map

Price: RM 99 Buy Now

(In Google Earth .kmz file)

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What is include in the report?

* New Property development near MRT Stations

* Existing Property near MRT Stations

* Marked things to avoid (Cemetery, Indah water plant etc)

* Free – New Property development in Klang Valley area

* Free – 6 months update (once / month)

* Free – Priority notification on MRT future lines

 

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Free Trial – Klang Valley MRT Line
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Research Report – MRT Sg Buloh – Kajang Line Alignment Map @ RM99
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Research Report – Transacted Price – Klang Valley Property @ RM89