The construction of the 51-kilometre mass rapid transit (MRT) Sungai Buloh-Kajang Line has reached progress rate of 58.5% as at Dec 31, 2014 and this will be maintained as the project moves towards ‘system works’ phase.
Mass Rapid Transit Corp Sdn Bhd (MRT Corp) new chief executive officer (CEO), Datuk Seri Shahril Mokhtar, said he would ensure the momentum continue within schedule and budget.
“I am pleased with the progress achieved thus far. As we move our focus towards the systems portion of construction, I will ensure that the good progress continues,” he said.
Shahril, who took over as CEO on Jan 5, 2015, said this at a meet-the-media session at the Cochrane and Tun Razak Exchange stations here today.
The reporters were taken for a tour of the one-kilometre section of the tunnel between the two stations.
He said the underground works, which included the construction of seven underground stations and tunnels for the 9.5 km underground section of the MRT Sungai Buloh-Kajang Line were at 73.13%, while for the elevated section they were at 49.2%.
“The next phase of the system works include the laying of railway tracks for the line, the purchasing and commissioning of trains, installation of the power supply for the trains, signalling, communications and others,” he said.
“The Sungai Buloh-Kajang Line, which comprises 31 stations, will serve 1.2 million people along the route. It is expected to be operational by July 2017.
“The elevated section from Sungai Buloh to Semantan is expected to be operational by December 2016,” said Shahril.
Earlier, he said, the Tun Razak Exchange (TRX Station), with a length of 250 metres, width of 41 metres and a depth of 45 metres, was the deepest among the MRT Sungai Buloh-Kajang Line’s seven underground stations.
“This station has been specially designed to be the interchange station with the future MRT Sungai Buloh-Serdang-Putrajaya Line, which is the second MRT line to be built,” he said.
Meanwhile, he said, the proposed alignment for the second line was expected to go for public display in the second quarter of this year.