Govt to revive Putrajaya monorail project

The FT Ministry will issue the RFP before the end of this year, which will allow private parties to submit their proposal for evaluation

by AFIQ AZIZ / pic by MUHD AMIN NAHARUL 

THE government has agreed to open a “request for proposal” (RFP) to revive the abandoned monorail project in Putrajaya, which has been an eyesore for the community for 16 years.

Federal Territories (FT) Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa (picture) said his ministry will issue the RFP before the end of this year, which will allow private parties to submit their proposal for evaluation.

The decision was derived after Annuar’s meeting with the Transport Ministry (MoT) which handles projects related to public transportation.

“We envision success in this project which has been carried out half-way with infrastructures like tunnels and overhead bridges already built, and this has consumed a huge funding.

“As such, we decided that Putrajaya needs a modern mode of public transportation in line with its status as the government’s administrative centre.

“So, we welcome any proposal after the RFP is issued,” he said. Annuar spoke to reporters after announcing the appointment of the new Kuala Lumpur (KL) mayor and Putrajaya Corp president in Putrajaya yesterday.

In January, former FT Minister Khalid Abdul Samad said the RM400 million project, which was left incomplete since 2004, would be reconstructed with an enhanced route to Cyberjaya, Bangi and Kajang, which will fall under MoT’s purview.

The construction cost and assets procurement for the Putrajaya monorail will heavily depend on the types of the technologies used for the system.

“There are suggestions to use the tram system, while some are proposing the use of rubber tyres which are quieter. So, the costs will vary,” he said.

Annuar added that nine stations have been identified for the project. However, it depends on the proposal obtained in the RFP process.

The original Putrajaya monorail project, before its suspension in 2004, was supposed to be a light rail transit within the city with two lines — Line 1 (3.2km) with 18 stations; and Line 2 (6.8km) with seven stations.

The halted project has left some of the elevated rails incomplete during former Prime Minister (PM) Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s tenure which claimed budgetary issues.

Reports also suggested that Putrajaya’s population was inadequate to make the rail system viable for operation.

Currently, there are only about 90,000 people living in Putrajaya. In a day, ridership would reach just about 120,000, according to Putrajaya Corp.

Meanwhile, Annuar announced that KL City Hall’s former planning ED Datuk Mahadi Che Ngah is now the 13th mayor, replacing Datuk Nor Hisham Ahmad Dahlan, whose tenure ended on Wednesday.

Mahadi returned from retirement to take on the two-year post. His contract came into effect yesterday.

Meanwhile, Datuk Muhammad Azmi Mohd Zain has been appointed as the Putrajaya Corp president.

Azmi, who was the FT’s socio economic division undersecretary, will begin his two-year tenure today and replace Datuk Dr Aminuddin Hassim, whose contract also ended on Wednesday.