KUALA LUMPUR: There will be no compromises to passenger comfort and safety even with RM23.84bil shaved off the LRT3 and MRT2 rail projects, says Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng.
"Although the government has taken the approach to lower the costs of the projects, the quality of work must be guaranteed to ensure passenger safety and comfort," he said when answering a supplementary question raised by Wong Kah Woh (PH-Ipoh Timur) in Parliament on March 27.
Lim said contractors engaged for the projects would be closely monitored to ensure this.
"We don't want contractors who can complete the projects on time but end up with bad quality work not up to the standard imposed by the government," he added.
Lim said the cost-saving approach taken by government had lowered the cost of the LRT3 project by RM16.63bil and RM8.82bil for the MRT2 project.
He added the LRT3 project, which covers 37.6km between Bandar Utama and Johan Setia, Klang, was 7% complete at the time the contracted was being renegotiated.
The initial cost of the LRT3 project was RM31.65bil and is currently slated for completion by February 2024.
He said the MRT2 project, linking Sungai Buloh-Serdang-Putrajaya, was 36.6% completed when the renegotiated contract was agreed upon by the parties.
The MRT2 project, initially projected at RM39.35bil, is currently scheduled for completion by July 2021.
Asked if there would be delays in the projects, Lim said an extension was given in light of the six-month renegotiation period.
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