KUALA LUMPUR – July 17, 2017: A PKR representative wants the Penang government to explain why the Bayan Lepas Light Rail Transit (LRT) being planned is more expensive to build than the Sungai Buloh – Kajang Mass Rapid Transit line (MRT).
Airing the poser on her Facebook wall, assemblywoman for Penanti, Norlela Ariffin, argues that it is simply more economical for the DAP-led government to emulate the federal Government’s public transportation project.
In justifying her contention, Norlela compared the two construction cost — RM21 billion for the 51-kilometre MRT and RM24 billion for the 30-km LRT.
The MRT has 31 stations, seven of which are underground.
“I will ask the Penang Public Transportation Council and LRT contractor at a meeting on July 20 why they are not opting for the MRT,” writes Norlela.
The plan to build the LRT was announced last year. This is the state’s first rail network proposed under the Penang Transport Master Plan.
It starts from Komtar and passes through 27 stations along Jelutong, Gelugor, Bayan Lepas and Penang International Airport before ending at the proposed Penang South Reclamation development.
According to the website of the contractor, SRS Consortium Sdn. Bhd., construction is expected to start next year and will take six years.