Study on MRT 3 to be ready by year-end

mrtKUALA LUMPUR: Mass Rapid Transit Corp Sdn Bhd (MRT Corp) is expected to submit the study on the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) Line 3, also known as Circle MRT Line, to the government by year-end.

“We started the feasibility study early this year, and hopefully it will be completed by then and we will present it to the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD),” said Chief Executive Officer Shahril Mokhtar.

On the location and the stations of the MRT 3, Shahril said, they were likely to be in the central Klang Valley as the Circle MRT Line aimed to connect to the existing lines to ease the traffic congestion.

Shahril said this to reporters after the signing of a memorandum of understanding between Credit Guarantee Corp and MRT Corp here today.

Present was International Trade and Industry Minister Mustapa Mohamed.

On the cost of the MRT 3, Shahril said, it was too early to calculate as it depended on the land price, alignment, the length and the number of stations.

He said the project was expected to begin as early as possible.

“The sooner you do it, you will know how to manage the cost better,” he said.

On the MRT Line 2 project, Shahril said, the groundbreaking ceremony was expected to be held at the end of the month or early September.

“So far, we have awarded over 20 packages worth RM24 billion for the MRT Line 2 project. At least three or four packages worth close to RM2 billion will be awarded by year-end.

“We will go full force and award at least another 20 packages next year.”

The 52.2km MRT Line 2, which is also known as the MRT Sungai Buloh-Serdang-Putrajaya Line, will have 66 work packages as compared with 84 for MRT Line 1.