Tuesday, 18 June 2013

MRT lines may cover Putrajaya

The second and third lines of the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system is expected to serve Putrajaya, MRT Corporation Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Azhar Abdul Hamid said today.

He said the Land Public Transport Commission was preparing a working paper with regard to the new lines which would be presented to the government for approval.

“We are expecting good news (approval from the government) by year-end,” he told reporters after visiting MRT’s centralised labour quarters (CLQ).

Azhar said the working paper by the commission would cover the second and third lines of the MRT but the execution would depend on the government if it wants to implement both lines simultaneously or one after the other.

He also said the second line may ply between Sungai Buloh and Putrajaya but, however, nothing has been finalised.

On the CLQ, Azhar said the centre would cater for the accommodation requirement of foreign workers and a small percentage of local personnel.

At the peak of the MRT construction, about 13,000 workers are expected to be deployed in the project.

MRT would build four centres for approximately RM100 million to accommodate 12,000 workers in Sungai Buloh, Cochrane, Cheras and Kajang.

Besides accommodation, the CLQ would also house a surau, health bay, cafeteria, recreation area, several sundry shops and the state-of-the art security system activated by face recognition.

The first line of the MRT project is expected to be completed in July 2017 and it will have the maximum capacity to ferry 400,000 passengers daily with a catchment area of 1.2 million living along the Sungai Buloh-Kajang stretch.

- Bernama

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