PRASARANA LRT LINE EXTENSION PROJECTS GAINS FURTHER MOMENTUM

Release Date: 
13 March 2012

 

PRASARANA LRT LINE EXTENSION PROJECTS GAINS FURTHER MOMENTUM

 

The multi-billion ringgit LRT Line Extension Projects (LEP) – a project by Syarikat Prasarana Negara Berhad (Prasarana) in bringing transport convenience closer to the people - has gained further momentum as works on laying the Segmental Box Girders (SBGs) for the Ampang Line commences over the weekend – five days after similar works had started for the extended Kelana Jaya Line.

“We had successfully put in place the first 12 SBGs for the extended Ampang Line … now, for the remaining 6,088 SBGs over the next two years. Overall, work is progressing well,” said Ahmad Kamal Md Yatim, who is Prasarana’s Head of Section for Ampang Line Facilities under the LEP. 

Running on a total length of 17.7km and connecting the current Sri Petaling Station to Putra Heights, the extended Ampang Line will have 11 stations with provision for two future stations. The Ampang Line will meet the Kelana Jaya Line, which is also concurrently undergoing extension works, at an integrated station in Putra Heights.

“The whole Line Extension Project will serve the community far ahead into the future, hence the two stations - Station 5 and Station 12 - will be developed in a later date,” said Kamal, adding that construction works are progressing well and that the project should be ready as scheduled at the end of 2014.

 


Ahmad Kamal (centre) supervising works at the site with the contractors near Bukit Jalil.

 

On the same note, Kamal dismissed suggestions that some of the stations are too close to each other; saying that the location of the stations had been planned in detailed; taking into account the anticipated growth in population of the areas concerned.

Upon commencement of the extended network, the LRT, which is currently serving an average ridership of 350,000 daily, is expected to service hundreds of thousands every day. When operational, travelling time from Putra Heights, which is located some 25kms from Putrajaya and 35kms from Kuala Lumpur International Airport, to the city centre will take less than an hour. 

Listed as one of the key initiatives under the National Key Result Areas (NKRA) blueprint, the LEPs are major efforts by the Government in transforming the country’s public transport services that has been entrusted on Prasarana. It also includes the upgrading of KL Monorail’s stations and expansion of its fleet as well as upgrading of the public bus services.

“For Ampang Line, works for Station 1 near the Awan Besar R&R has started … at present, we are doing piling works as well as works on the station and piers. Works for all stations should be completed within 22 months from the first piece of work,” Ahmad Kamal said, adding that works for Station 2, which is located near PPR Kampung Muhibbah, had also started since September last year.

“For Station 3, piling works will start in a month time while for Station 4, we have already started with the test pile,” he said, adding that the two stations are located along Persiaran Bukit Jalil.

“For Station 6 we have already started the earthworks; similarly for Station 8, we have already started earthworks and test pile works,” he said.

Station 6 is located near IOI Mall while Station 8 is situated near Kompleks Rakan Muda at Damansara Puchong Expressway (LDP).

Kamal adds: “Works for Station 7 and Station 9 will be starting soon. Station 7 is located next to Tesco Puchong, and Station 9 is near Tractors Malaysia at Jalan Puchong.

“The tender for Station 10 and 11 is scheduled to be called in May,” he said. The two stations are located along Persiaran Puchong Perdana.

The entire LEP for Ampang Line has 21 work packages; and apart from the work package for Station 10 and Station 11, there are four other tenders that are yet to be awarded.

While the tender for supply contract for 20 sets of Light Rail Vehicles rolling stock is awaiting approval, the Engineering Procurement Construction (EPC) contract for the E&M System is currently under the evaluation stage.

The tender for supply and installation of the access card system is also scheduled to be called in May while the contract for facilities works for the new Ampang Line Depot at Kampung Kuala Sungai Baru is also currently at the evaluation stage.

Unlike the Ampang Line extension, work packages for extension of the Kelana Jaya Line, which will see a total of 6,592 segmental box girders lining up to form an additional 17-km elevated track; sitting on 620 piers and dotted by 12 new stations; have all been awarded.

 

 

 

For details, contact Prasarana Media Manager Azhar Ghazali at 019-387865 or Haliza Abd Hamid at 019-2210058.