KUALA LUMPUR — March 1, 2018: The prime minister today launched the tunnelling work for the MRT Sungai Buloh-Serdang-Putrajaya (SSP) Line which is 52.2 kilometres long, of which 13.5 km are underground.
At the event at the line’s Bandar Malaysia North station, Datuk Seri Najib Razak unveiled one of the tunnel boring machines (TBMs) that will be used to build the underground portion. He had a closer look at the TBM operation from a viewing deck.
The SSP Line will have 35 stations, 11 underground.
Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said the SSP Line was 22 per cent completed and is scheduled to be ready in 2021.
The SSP Line is the second under the the Klang Valley MRT after the 51km long Sungai Buloh-Kajang (SBK) Line.
The TBM launched today is a variable density TBM specifically designed to handle the challenging limestone geological formation in the Klang Valley. It is also the first to undergo refurbishment in Malaysia.
Previously used for the SBK Line, the TBM was refurbished at a facility run by Waiko Engineering Sdn. Bhd. in Pusing, Perak – the first and only TBM refurbishment facility in Southeast Asia.
The new MRT line runs from Sungai Buloh to Putrajaya via Kepong, Batu, Jalan Ipoh, Titiwangsa, KLCC, Tun Razak Exchange, Bandar Malaysia, Sungai Besi, Serdang, UPM and Cyberjaya. — Bernama