PUTRAJAYA: Construction of the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) project for the Sungai Buloh-Serdang-Putrajaya (SSP) line, also known as the MRT 2, has reached 70% completion, says Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng.
He said the MRT 2 would be fully operational in 2022 and begin operations in 2023.
“The operation date for the first phase of MRT 2 between Kwasa Damansara station and Kampung Baru will remain the same in July 2021, while the second phase between Kampung Batu and Putrajaya Sentral is January 2023,” he said.
Lim said this during a press conference after witnessing the signing of a Supplemental Agreement to the Project Delivery Partner Agreement for the MRT SSP route between Mass Rapid Transit Corporation Sdn Bhd (MRT Corp) and MMC-Gamuda KVMRT (PDP SSP) Sdn Bhd, here today.
Also present were Transport Minister Anthony Loke Siew Fook, MRT Corp chief executive officer Abdul Yazid Kassim and MMC-Gamuda KVMRT represented by its director Datuk Seri Che Khalib Mohamad Noh.
According to Lim, the supplemental agreement allowed changes to the original project delivery partner agreement signed in 2015 between the two parties, including the appointment of MMC-Gamuda as the project delivery partner (PDP) for the construction of MRT 2.
“This change is a result of the government’s cost rationalisation initiative for mega projects and it has successfully reduced construction costs,” he said.
He said the agreement finalised the rationalisation process which has successfully reduced the MRT 2’s construction cost by RM8.82 billion from RM39.35 billion to RM30.53 billion.
“The reduction of RM8.82 billion represents a significant savings of 22.4% compared to the original cost of MRT 2 construction, as negotiated between the government and MMC-Gamuda in October 2018,” said Lim.
Among the major contributors to the cost savings were the delay and rationalisation of the scope of the underground works and multi-stories such as the delay in the opening of Bandar Malaysia’s underground station as well as the simplification of the station’s architectural finishes.
Other factors are changes in the project structure from project delivery partner model to the turnkey model that resulted in savings of project delivery partner fees and rationalisation of refund payment allocation, contingencies and provisional funds, he said.
“Despite the changes in the project structure, the government has ensured that the original target of 45% Bumiputera participation or RM13.7 billion from RM30.53 billion contract value is maintained,” he said.
Asked if Bandar Malaysia station would be continued as planned, Lim said it would depend on the volume and capacity.
According to him, the framework for Bandar Malaysia station was already in place, but to continue with the original plan depend on the demand in the area. — Bernama