PETALING JAYA: The Phase One section of the Putrajaya MRT line is expected to start operations in November, says Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.
The completion of the Phase One section, which is currently at 99.99% construction progress, will allow many to go back to work and return to living normal lives as one "Keluarga Malaysia" (Malaysian Family), the Transport Minister said.
Phase One, which runs 17.5km from the Kwasa Damansara MRT Station to the Kampung Batu MRT Station, will see the entire Klang Valley rail network getting nine new stations, he said.
This will link people to new places such as Damansara Damai, Bandar Sri Damansara, Kepong, Jinjang and Kampung Batu.
"For the opening of Phase One, there are a total of 12 stations, including three stations migrated from the Kajang MRT line.
"The journey from the Kwasa Damansara MRT Station to the Kampung Batu MRT Station takes 24 minutes.
"The remainder of the Putrajaya MRT line is scheduled to become operational under Phase Two in January 2023, with the construction progress currently at 93.5%.
"The whole Putrajaya MRT line is 57.7km in length and there will be 36 operational stations in total, with an estimated ridership of 104,000 passengers daily," said Dr Wee at a press conference after an inspection of the Hospital Kuala Lumpur MRT Station on Monday (Oct 4).
Phase Two stretches from Kentonmen MRT Station to Putrajaya Sentral MRT Station.
Dr Wee added that the project completion will bring the Urban Rail Development Plan to yet another milestone and raise the standards of transport and living for residents in the Klang Valley.
Dr Wee also said that public transportation will not only facilitate Malaysians' return to the workplace and enable economic growth but also cut highway gridlock and lower greenhouse gas emissions, moving in line with Malaysia's carbon-neutral by 2050 commitment.
Also present was Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim, Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Henry Sum Agong, Kuala Lumpur Mayor Datuk Seri Mahadi Che Ngah, Transport Ministry secretary-general Datuk Isham Ishak, MRT Corp chief executive officer Datuk Mohd Zarif Hashim and MRT Corp Putrajaya Line Project director Datuk Amiruddin Ma’aris.
The Putrajaya line is the second line of the Klang Valley MRT project.
The first line was the MRT Kajang line, which started operations in July 2017.
The total construction cost of the Putrajaya line is RM30.53bil.