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MRT: Final 16 packages for project by mid-2014 [23-08-2013]  
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MASS Rapid Transit Corp Sdn Bhd (MRT Corp) will award the final 16 packages worth RM2 billion for the Klang Valley MRT project's Sungai Buloh to Kajang ) line by mid-2014.

According to MRT Corp chief executive officer Datuk Azhar Abdul Hamid, the contracts are mainly to build multi-storey car parks, install light-emitting diode lightings and signages, provide furnitures for offices, and construct lifts and escalators for underground stations.

"We will call for tenders and award the contracts to the most suitable suppliers. Not necessarily the lowest bidder will win as we don't want to compromise on quality and safety," he said.

Azhar told Business Times yesterday at the company's Hari Raya Open House, here, that the Line 1 costing from Sungai Buloh to Kajang will not exceed RM30 billion.

"We don't expect the construction and system works cost to exceed RM23 billion. We have to also take into account other costs like payment to consultants, project delivery partner (PDP) fees, and variation orders. All in all, the total cost will not exceed RM30 billion," he said.

The Sungai Buloh-to-Kajang line, which involves 51km, has 85 packages.

As at end of June, MRT had awarded civil and system work packages worth RM21 billion.

The main winners for Line 1 were Sunway Bhd, Gadang Holdings Bhd, Mudajaya Corp Bhd, IJM Corp Bhd, Ahmad Zaki Resources Bhd, Naim Engineering Sdn Bhd, UEM Construction Sdn Bhd and Apex Communication Sdn Bhd.

The PDP is MMC-Gamuda Joint Venture Sdn Bhd of which had won the RM8.2 billion tunnelling job.

Japan's Meidensha Corp, Germany's Siemens AG and Canada's Bombardier Inc are involved in the systems work.

Azhar, meanwhile, said Line 1 is expected to be completed by July 2017.

He said that the overall construction of the Sungai Buloh-to-Kajang line has reached about 24 per cent.

"We are not anticipating any delays as we are working as fast as we can to ensure that the project is delivered on time," he said.

Last month, MRT announced the project's progress at 22 per cent.


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