48 awarded MRT2 tenders being reviewed to cut cost

MRT Corp says process of awarding 20 more packages worth RM2b is still ongoing

by AFIQ AZIZ / pic by ISMAIL CHE RUS

The total cost of Mass Rapid Transit Line 2 (MRT2) project will be reviewed, said MRT Corp Sdn Bhd.

Project director Datuk Amiruddin Ma’aris also did not dismiss that a total of 48 packages worth RM30 billion which have been awarded for the Sungai Buloh-Serdang-Putrajaya (SSP) Line so far will also be considered for cost-cutting analysis.

These packages consist of all civil, station and system works, while the process of awarding 20 more packages worth RM2 billion is still ongoing.

Amiruddin also said MRT Corp Sdn Bhd is conducting a thorough study that “will take time” to ensure that the safety and functionality aspects will not be compromised.

“As this project is for public use, it must be functional and safe, thus we cannot compromise these elements against the efforts for cost-cutting,” he told reporters at the SSP “V207 Tunnel” media visit in Serdang yesterday.

The study will be conducted together with its project delivery partner, MMC Gamuda KVMRT Sdn Bhd, with no specific timeline given.

“After the study is conducted and we get approvals from the relevant authorities, we will share the information,” Amiruddin added.

Last month, MRT Corp CEO Datuk Seri Shahril Mokhtar said the firm is looking for ways to reduce the cost of MRT2.

“We are exploring to see how we can further reduce the cost for the MRT2,” Shahril said after meeting the Council of Eminent Persons for the second time on June 21.

MRT Corp yesterday announced that the SSP Line has reached 30% of completion, with its underground section’s progress at 33.3%.

Amiruddin said the project will be able to move into its other phases of construction according to schedule.

The MRT2 alignment is 52.2km, of which 38.7km is elevated tracks and 13.5km is the underground tunnel.

Upon completion, it will have 35 stations, of which 11 of them are underground.

Phase one from Sungai Buloh Station to the Kampung Batu Station will begin operation in July 2021, while the rest from Kampung Batu to Putrajaya Sentral Station will be operational under phase two in the following year.

MMC Gamuda KVMRT project director Param Sivalingam said the whole project is adopting a different method in constructing the tunnel, depending on geographical factors.

“As for the shorter tunnel, we adopted the mined tunnel, as well as cut and cover tunnel method as it is more costeffective method for construction, unlike the underground section which will use tunnel boring machines — giant drills,” he said.

The V207 tunnel construction is slated for completion by the end of 2019.