MRT underground work 30% completed

KUALA LUMPUR: The Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) underground work package from Semantan to Maluri has attained a 30 per cent completion rate.

MMC-Gamuda KVMRT (T) Sdn. Bhd. project director Satpal S. Bhogal said the work progress includes 9.5km of tunnelling and seven underground stations.

"We are on track for completion within the timeframe. In some areas, we are ahead of schedule," he said at the launch of the tunnelling work for a visitors' centre Friday.

MMC-Gamuda is the contractor for the underground and tunnelling work package. This package costs RM$8.2 billion.

The company is using two boring machines for tunnelling work while another two are being assembled and are expected to start digging next month.

Bhogal said there are two more machines in the company's inventory while four more are expected to arrive later this year.

"There are five tunnelling sections and each section will be using two boring machines," he said.

On the visitors' centre, Bhogal said it was initiated to meet growing demands from the public for information on the project.

"We receive an average of five to six group visit requests a month and we would very much like to accommodate their interest in wanting to know and see for themselves what is going on at the sites," he said.

The centre is open to the public through appointments with MMC Gamuda public relations department by calling 1-800-82-6868 or 03-23858000.



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