By P PREM KUMAR & DASHVEENJIT KAUR / Pic By TMR File
THE federal government has decided to scrap the proposed RM2 billion Kuala Lumpur (KL)-Klang Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri said the project was dropped due to redundancies with the Light Rail Transit Line 3 (LRT3) project, which is currently under construction.
The BRT project, which was estimated to cost RM2 billion, was proposed to run parallel with the Federal Highway.
“After a detailed study, the government found that the BRT would overlap with LRT3, and both projects can’t be constructed at the same time,” Nancy told the Dewan Rakyat yesterday.
She was responding to Serdang MP Dr Ong Kian Ming, who asked the government to state factors behind the delay in the construction of KL-Klang BRT project.
The LRT3, which was estimated to cost the government RM9 billion, was launched last year and is expected to begin operations in August 2020.
The LRT3 project covers areas between Bandar Utama and Johan Setia in Klang via Glenmarie, Shah Alam and Bandar Klang.
Nancy said there were five companies which submitted bids to construct the BRT project.
“However, we cancelled the project not due to cost, but only due to the greater impact that the LRT3 can provide,” she said.
Nancy said the proposed LRT3 project is given priority after taking into account many factors, including its vast coverage areas compared to BRT.
“The LRT3 also includes 50% of the proposed BRT line, from Klang to Subang, while the remaining 50% of the proposed BRT line is covered by city rail services such as Kelana Jaya LRT and KTM Komuter.
“Besides that, the construction of LRT3 can also be a catalyst for the development of both residential and commercial areas in the Klang Valley or along the LRT3 route,” she added.