09 May 2012
MRT Update: Four additional packages to construct MRT line at Sg Buloh, Kota Damansara, Petaling Jaya, SerembanPortal, Bandar Tun Hussein Onn and Taman Mesra at Cheras areas have been awarded
Mass Rapid Transit Corporation (MRT Corp) has awarded four additional packages worth RM3.22 billion for the construction of the 51km Sungai Buloh–Kajang (SBK) MY Rapid Transit (MRT) Line.
This was following the conclusion of the One Stop Procurement Committee (OSPC) meeting chaired by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in Putrajaya today.
"The packages are for Viaduct 1, Viaduct 4, Viaduct 7 and Depot 1," MRT Corp said in a statement.
The viaduct packages include construction and completion of viaduct guideways and related works, while the depot package is for the construction of the Sungai Buloh Depot and related buildings.
Package V1, which is a Bumiputera-exclusive package, covers work between the Sungai Buloh and Kota Damansara stations of the SBK alignment, and this tender was won by Syarikat Muhibbah Perniagaan & Pembinaan Sdn Bhd.
Package V4, for works between Section 17 in Petaling Jaya and the Semantan Portal was awarded to Sunway Construction Sdn Bhd.
The Semantan Portal is where the alignment will continue underground.
Meanwhile, Package V7 for works between Bandar Tun Hussein Onn and Taman Mesra, both in Cheras, was won by MTD Construction Sdn Bhd.
The final package awarded at the OSPC Package DPT1 is for works related to the Sungai Buloh Depot. The open category tender, was won by a Bumiputera company, Trans Resources Corporation Sdn Bhd.
MRT Corp Chief Executive Officer Datuk Azhar Abdul Hamid said he was pleased that further progress had been made with the awarding of the tender packages, noting that this was the third tender award by the OSPC.
"After the award of the Viaduct 5 and Viaduct 6 packages in January to IJM Construction Sdn Bhd and Ahmad Zaki Sdn Bhd, respectively, and the award of the underground package in March to MMC-Gamuda JV, these awards show further progress for the SBK line.
"I congratulate the winning bidders, and take this opportunity to remind them the importance of this project not just to Kuala Lumpur as a city, but to Malaysia in general," he said.
Azhar added that as with the previous contract awards, the best evaluated tenders were selected after a stringent, proper and fair evaluation by the OSPC.
"The evaluation looks at various factors, including technical capability, financial strength and of course price.
"The key is finding a fit that will ensure the project gets the best technical input from a capable contractor, while maintaining costs within our expectation for the packages," he said.
In terms of economic benefit, apart from job creation, Azhar said that the construction sector specifically woukd be a major beneficiary as there would be positive spin offs.
MRT Corp is expected to award more tenders over the next month.
MRT project is part of the government’s Greater Kuala Lumpur/Klang Valley’s National Key Economic Area (NKEA), under the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP).
The SBK Line runs from the north-west town of Sungai Buloh to the south-east city town of Kajang.
Upon completion, it will contain 31 stations and serve 1.2 million people along the route.
It will also have strategic integration with Kuala Lumpur’s existing rail transport network, namely the LRT, Monorail and KTM Komuter, as well as intra and inter-city bus routes.
The end result will be better connectivity for Kuala Lumpur and its surrounding cities, while reducing the number of cars that enter the capital. - Bernama