PETALING JAYA: Bids have been received from at least eight companies for the three civil main contractor (CMC) packages for the Mass Rapid Transit 3 (MRT3) project, according to market sources.
Acceptance of bids for the project closed today.
The market talk is that among the bidders are big names such as Malaysian Resources Corporation Bhd (MRCB), Sunway Construction Sdn Bhd, MMC Gamuda, YTL Construction and IJM Corporation Bhd.
Also vying for a place in the line-up of successful bidders are MTD Construction, Johawaki Construction, TRC Synergy and WCT Holdings.
The cost of the MRT3 has been a controversial issue. It was originally estimated to cost RM31 billion, the same as that for MRT2.
However, the estimated cost has since ballooned to RM50.2 billion. Of the sum, RM34.3 billion would be spent on construction, RM8.4 billion on land acquisition, RM6.5 billion on project management and the remaining RM1.9 billion on other costs.
Finance minister Tengku Zafrul Aziz had told the Dewan Rakyat in August that the overall cost of the project would be finalised after the open tender process had been completed.
The 50.8km MRT3 is the final stretch in the Kuala Lumpur urban rail network.
According to the MRT Corp website, the track will run along the perimeter of Kuala Lumpur and will be connected to the existing MRT, LRT, KTM and Monorail lines through 10 interchanges.