Friday, July 8, 2011

Private properties acquisition for MRT reduced by half

KUALA LUMPUR: The acquisition of private PROPERTIES [] has been reduced by half with the finalisation of the alignment of the Sg. Buloh-Kajang MRT line.

Suruhanjaya Pengangkutan Awam Darat (SPAD) chairman Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar said on Friday, July 8 it had made many changes to the MRT line after taking into consideration of public's feedback.

'We are happy to say that there has been a major reduction of land acquisition (in the approved final alignment)," he said.

The final alignment saw the elimination of private properties acquisitions by half especially in area surrounding the proposed stations in Cheras and Kajang.

SPAD CEO Mohd Nur Ismail Mohamed Kamal added that 70% of the project would be built on road reserves and the remaining on private properties.

The number of MRT stations has also been reduced from 35 to 31.

However, they did not reveal the overall costs of the Sg. Buloh-Kajang MRT line.

"We expect to nail down the cost sometime in August or September," he said after the launch of the Sg-Buloh-Kajang MRT line.

While there has been no official figure for the project, analysts had estimated it to cost RM20 billion.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak launched the MY Rapid Transit (MRT) project today with land clearance works commencing at three sites of the Sg Buloh-Kajang line.

Prasarana group MD Shahril Mokhtar said pre-qualifications for the MRT line has been closed and they are currently evaluating the bids.

He said civil works is expected to begin by year-end.

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