KUALA LUMPUR, March 16:
Mass Rapid Transit Corporation Sdn Bhd (MRT Corp) says the MRT second line has been approved by the Federal government.
Chief Excutive Officer Datuk Wira Azhar Abdul Hamid said the company was waiting for the official announcement to enable it to begin work on the MRT Line 2, which would probably link Sungai Buloh with Putrajaya.
“The second line has been discussed by the government. So now the government is considering when the project can start,” he told reporters after a visit by Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Ahmad Maslan to the Kajang MRT construction site near here yesterday.
“This is a good sign, because now we have continuity in the provision of transportation services to the public and its contribution to the economy.”
Line 1 to be ready by July 2017
Azhar said construction of the underground section of the MRT Line 1, scheduled for completion in July 2017, was now 50% completed.
“Basic construction work for the overall project is expected to be ready in the middle of 2015, and will be followed by upgrading works on the operations system.”
He also expressed satisfaction with the project’s progress, saying putting safety measures in place will continue to be a priority, especially when they affect the public and workers.
In Kajang, Ahmad said property prices here were expected to surge with the availability of better public transport infrastructure, like the MRT.
Business activity in the town, the last station on the Sungai Buloh-Kajang MRT line, would also be enhanced with the better bus, rail and taxi connectivity, the deputy finance minister told reporters while on a working visit to the MRT project in Jalan Reko, here yesterday.
Ahmad said the the country’s most modern public transport mode would enable Kajang residents to travel safely and conveniently to destinations in the Klang Valley without the hassle of traffic jams while saving time.