Urban rail progress on track


  • Nation
  • Monday, 20 Jul 2020

Crucial connections: The LRT3 from Bandar Utama to Johan Setia is one-third complete. Seen here is the lifting of the U-trough girder for the line at Glenmarie, Shah Alam.

PETALING JAYA: The progress of urban rail marked several milestones over the weekend, with key developments for the MRT and LRT announced.

For the MRT Putrajaya line – the second MRT line – only 400m of tunnelling work is left following last Friday’s breakthrough at the Ampang Park MRT station.

Previously known as the Sungai Buloh-Serdang-Putrajaya Line, the Putrajaya line is more than three-quarters complete and is scheduled to enter full service by January 2023.

Project owner Mass Rapid Transit Corporation Sdn Bhd (MRT Corp) said the breakthrough at Ampang Park was a major milestone.

“The boring machine, codenamed TBM 774, was launched in September 2019 from the Conlay MRT Station site, and excavated a section of the tunnel beneath Jalan Stonor, Persiaran KLCC, Jalan Binjai and Jalan Ampang as well as the LRT Kelana Jaya Line tunnels for 917m before breaking out at the Ampang Park MRT Station site,” it said.

Separately, MRT Corp also responded to concerns raised by the Auditor-General’s Report 2018 Third Series, which touched on several maintenance issues related to the MRT Kajang line (previously known as the Sungai Buloh-Kajang Line).

“Following the conclusion of the audit, MRT Corp met with the Auditor-General’s Department over issues highlighted in the report.

“The majority of issues have since been resolved by MRT Corp. But there are still several outstanding issues pending, most of which involve actions such as software updating. This is being addressed by the relevant work package contractor.

“MRT Corp will ensure that these outstanding issues are resolved at the earliest possible time in order to close off these matters,” it said.

MRT Corp also announced that Datuk Mohd Zarif Mohd Hashim has been appointed as CEO on July 15, taking over Abdul Yazid Kassim, whose tenure ended on June 30.

Before joining MRT Corp, Mohd Zarif held various positions in the Sapura Group of Companies which he joined in 2007.

“We are reaching the final stage in the construction of the Putrajaya Line, and my focus will be on ensuring that the line will be delivered on time and within cost,” Mohd Zarif said, adding that his attention will also be on getting the Johor Baru-Singapore Rapid Transit System (RTS) Link project off the ground.

MRT Corp’s subsidiary, Malaysia Rapid Transit System Sdn Bhd, is the project developer and infrastructure owner of the Malaysian portion of this link from Johor Baru to Woodlands.

Meanwhile, chairman of Prasarana Malaysia Bhd, Datuk Seri Mohd Tajuddin Abdul Rahman, announced that the Prasarana board had decided to elevate its chief operating officer (COO), Muhammad Nizam Alias, to group president and CEO, effective July 17.

As for its ongoing LRT3, which had suffered delays, Prasarana’s deputy head for LRT3 Mohd Lokman Hamid confirmed there are practically no more outstanding issues for the LRT line from Bandar Utama to Johan Setia, Klang.

“We have completed around 99% land acquisition, and are in the middle of settling related payments. We have taken over nearly all work sites. Things are going full swing,” he said last Saturday.

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