Posted: 30 Sep 2013 09:54 AM PDT
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 30 — The work progress of the extension project for the Ampang and Kelana Jaya light rail transit (LRT) is at 41.5 per cent as of last Aug 30, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said.
He said work on the project, delayed by 19.8 per cent, was expected to be ready in the first quarter of 2016.
"The delay in the completion date is due to problems that surfaced during construction work, especially technical matters, like finding of underground cables and pipes that had to be shifted.
"Apart from that, it is due to problems in getting accurate information on the location of the underground cables and pipes, change in the design of the support structure after taking into account suitability and condition of the soil and geology at the construction site," he said in a written reply in the Dewan Rakyat today.
Najib, who is also Finance Minister, was responding to a question from Tony Pua Kiam Wee (DAP-Petaling Jaya Utara) who wanted to know the progress of the project.
He said the cost of the project was still at its original cost of RM8 billion as it was conducted through the open tender.
The LRT service in the Klang valley had to be improved due to the high demand from the public, he said, adding that an average of 429,000 people used the service daily.
The project involved the construction of 13 new stations between Kelana Jaya and Putra heights and 11 stations between Sri Petaling and Putra Heights, he added.- BERNAMA
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