MRT: RM7 Billion For Ampang, Kelana Jaya Line Extension

(Bernama) – KUALA LUMPUR — The cost of the Light Rail Transit (LRT) Ampang and Kelana Jaya lines extension is not expected to exceed RM7 billion, said Syarikat Prasarana Negara Bhd group director of project development division, ​Zulkifli Mohd Yusoff.

“Prasarana has raised RM2 billion via bond sales to fund the extension.The balance sum will be raised from next year onwards,” he told a media briefing today.

On the development of the project, he said currently, advance works are being carried out for both the lines.

It includes the relocation of telecommunication cables, TNB low volatage cables, TNB high voltage transmission lines, water mains and sewerage pipes as well as gas pipelines.

“About 15 per cent of the advance works for the Kelana Jaya Line and 20 per cent for the Ampang Line have been completed,” ​Zulkifli said.

The physical works are expected to begin by the end of this month.

The project is expected to be completed by early 2014.

On the second phase (Package B) project, he said the facilities works tender will be closed on March 14.

“Package B for the Kelana Jaya Line will be from Station 7 to Putra Heights, covering a distance of 7.8 km.

“The Ampang Line covers a distance of 10.3 km, which is from Station 5 to Putra Heights, for the same package,” he added.

The main Package A worth RM1.7 billion has been awarded to Trans Resources Corp Sdn Bhd for the Kelana Jaya Line, while Bina Puri Holdings Bhd and Tim Sekata were jointly awarded the main contract and sub-contract works for the Ampang Line.

He said 35 new trains will be added to the Kelana Jaya Line extension and 20 for the Ampang Line.

“The total cost of new trains for the Kelana Jaya Line is RM1.2 billion and for the Ampang line, it will be slightly higher, due to the underground lane used,” he added.

Asked about the fares, ​Zulkifli said the current fare will be maintained but it could be a reviewed later, subject to government approval.