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MRT awards by October [08-07-2011]  
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The awarding of major contracts for the multi-billion ringgit mass rapid transit (MRT) system will be decided in August-October, according to Syarikat Prasarana Negara Bhd group managing director Shahril Mokhtar.

Speaking at a “curtain raiser” press conference on the MRT, Shahril said the awards for civil works would be announced by end-July or early August while that for underground works, including the tunnelling portion, would be announced by early October.

The MRT, now dubbed My Rapid Transit by Prasarana, will be officially launched today.

Past reports had indicated that the MRT would cost over RM50bil from the earlier RM36bil that was envisaged. The tunnelling works alone are estimated to be worth RM13bil to RM14bil.

“The pre-qualification tenders for civil works, stations, depots and underground works have already been closed and are under evaluation,” he said. “The civil work for the MRT system will most probably start by year-end.”

The underground works are expected to be the most expensive part in the construction of the MRT.

The MRT's project delivery partner (PDP), MMC-Gamuda Joint Venture Sdn Bhd, in which Gamuda Bhd and MMC Corp Bhd hold equal shareholdings, is bidding for the tunnelling works via a Swiss-challenge method. Under such a system, if there is a competing bid for the tunnelling, the joint venture has the right to match a competing lower bid or to remove itself from the bidding process.

Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) CEO Mohd Nur Kamal said the final alignment of the MRT system would be revealed today at the launch of the MRT.

It had been reported that the total length of the MRT lines would be 51km which would span from Sungai Buloh to Kajang, out of which 41.5km would be elevated and 9.5km underground.

The three-month public display of the MRT system alignment ended on May 14.

When asked about the total cost, number of stations and exact length of the MRT lines, Mohd Nur said more details would be revealed at the launch today.

The MRT was first announced last June. Under the 10th Malaysia Plan, an MRT project for the Klang Valley had been identified to improve the city's public transport system.

Mohd Nur said the MRT launch would be a major milestone for the nation, with Kuala Lumpur aspiring to be among the 20 top liveable cities globally.

“The name My Rapid Transit signifies Malaysia Rapid Transit'. It reflects that the MRT project is not for Klang Valley alone but will also be extended to other parts of the country according to needs,” he said.

Shahril added that the public was also invited to join the event today as there would be a special exhibition from 11am to 7pm.

“A lot of information on the My Rapid Transit will be there for the public to digest. We want the public to be well-informed on the MRT,” he said.

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