MRT second line gets government approval

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KUALA LUMPUR: Mass Rapid Transit Corp Sdn Bhd (MRT Corp) says the MRT second line has been approved by the federal government.

Its chief excutive officer, Datuk Wira Azhar Abdul Hamid, said the company was now waiting for the official announcement to enable it to begin work on the MRT Line 2, which would probably link Sungai Buloh with Putrajaya.

“The second line has been discussed by the government. So now the government is considering when the project can start,” he told reporters after a visit by Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Ahmad Maslan to the Kajang MRT construction site near here yesterday.

“This is a good sign, because now we have continuity in the provision of transportation services to the public and its contribution to the economy,” he said.

Azhar said construction of the underground section of the MRT Line 1, scheduled for completion in July 2017, was now 50% completed.

“Basic construction work for the overall project is expected to be ready in the middle of 2015, and will be followed by upgrading works on the operations system,” he explained.

He also expressed satisfaction with the project’s progress, saying putting safety measures in place would continue to be a priority, especially when they affected the public and workers.

The market is anticipating Cabinet approval and appointment of the so-called project delivery partner for the MRT Line 2 to be made by end of the first quarter.

CIMB Research in a recent note said the tender process suggested that the winners of the MRT Line 1 packages were likely to be emerged as the frontrunners for the MRT Line 2. – Bernama

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