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    Klang Valley MRT: So many unanswered questions

    In case readers still have any doubt in their minds, just remember this. Big projects mean big money. Big money means big commissions.

    Next fit the arguments around the projects that involves big money. Whether it works or not is irrelevant. We have enough examples in the past to recognize this pattern.


    Klang Valley MRT: So many unanswered questions

    Moaz Yusuf Ahmad
    Mar 15, 11

    It has been approximately 1 year since MMC-Gamuda presented their unsolicited MRT proposal to the cabinet.


    More importantly, it has been one month since the public display for the Sg. Buloh-Kajang line of the Klang Valley MRT project.

    In this past month, we have learned a great deal about the plans for the MRT - including the proposed route, station locations (including detailed drawings), station & train designs, and even the feeder bus system.

    If we compare the amount of information for the MRT project with the LRT extensions - and one can do this easily by visiting both websites, kvmrt.com.my and lrtextension.com - we would see that the government and regulators have been far more open and shared more information about the MRT project than rail projects of the past.

    And judging by the number of letters, articles, and questions raised, it seems that Malaysians, especially residents of the Klang Valley, are certainly more interested in the MRT than they ever were for the LRT extensions.

    Unfortunately, it is also clear to us that many of the questions that have been raised about the MRT project have not been answered well enough by the Land Public Transport Commission (LPTC or SPAD - the government regulator for the project) - or MMC-Gamuda (the Project Delivery Partner) and other government stakeholders.

    One example is the question of why we need an MRT network. We are told that we need to have a rail network because, on the international & macroeconomic level, other cities in Asia have more kilometres of rail than we do.

    In other words, we need a rail network because other cities have a rail network and we need to expand our rail network because other cities are expanding their networks.

    While this is certainly a legitimate argument, it is hard to avoid the idea that this 'need' may just because of ego - as if Malaysia needs to have an MRT network or the people of Thailand, Singapore, Taiwan, Korea and China will laugh at us.

    Or worse, we need shiny new MRT toys for the Klang Valley because other cities have shiny new MRT toys.

    If we look at things regionally, we are told that millions more people will move to the Greater Klang Valley by 2020 and our roads will not be able to cope with the demand. Hence, we need an MRT network to move these people.

    The government through Pemandu have even made it clear that we need MRT lines with a carrying capacity of 40,000 passengers per hour per direction and that LRT, upgraded Komuter, Bus Rapid Transit, monorail, rapid trams, and even a reliable bus network are simply not good enough.

    Without much more than a cursory look at the other options, the consultant responsible for the detailed Environmental Impact Assessment Report has stated that MRT, with its wider and longer trains, is far and away the best choice for the Klang Valley.

    It seems that size does matter when it comes to public transport planning.

    But let's be realistic here - our current bus routes carry perhaps 1000 passengers per direction per hour. There is a huge gap between 1000 and 40,000. Where will these 39000 passengers per direction per hour come from?

    Another interesting detail is that the proposed Sg. Buloh - Kajang MRT has a theoretical maximum carrying capacity of 39,600 passengers per hour per direction.

    However, with only 58 trains the actual carrying capacity for the whole line will be closer to 20,000 passengers per hour per direction - putting our new MRT line squarely within the capacity ranges for LRT.

    In fact, to operate at an average capacity of 38000 passengers per hour per direction along the entire Sg. Buloh - Kajang line we would need nearly 100 trains.

    In other words, the actual numbers for the MRT line do not match up with the expectations - and the expectations themselves do not seem to have any clear justification.

    As we move down to a more local level, there are questions about the routing of the MRT and the location of particular stations. There are also questions about the interchanges, park & ride facilities, pick-up and drop-off lanes, and at the bottom of the list, the feeder bus network.

    One common thread in these questions is about the integrated public transport network that the government is promising (and indeed, has been promising for decades).

    People are asking questions such as "how can we talk about an integrated public transport network but only introduce one line at a time?" as well as "how can we talk about an integrated public transport network without considering the integration?" and "how can we talk about an integrated transport network without talking about other modes of public transport?"

    The reasons for this can be found in the laws that govern public transport - laws which are inadequate and wholly out of date - but that is a subject for another letter.

    Let me finish by saying this: Many people have argued that the rail network is necessary to serve as the backbone of the public transport system. Although this is a good analogy, they fail to understand the full implications of that backbone.

    The backbone exists to provide strength and protection to the central nervous system. The central nervous system exists because thousands of vital messages need to be moved from place to place in the body very quickly.

    But the backbone (indeed, the body itself) and the central nervous system cannot function properly without a strong, healthy nervous system to take messages all the way from the core, through the limbs and out to the extremities.

    To finish the analogy, we can have a rail backbone, but it is more important to have a complete and healthy public transport as the nervous system first.

    And we have a long way to go before that happens. Malaysiakini. Subscription required.
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    Riding on MRT is the general election
    Patrick Lee | April 2, 2011

    PSM’s Nasir Hashim thinks BN needs a “quick deposit” for the general election and this is where the MRT project comes in.


    KOTA DAMANSARA: Mega infrastructure projects such as the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) are a sure sign that a general election is around the corner.

    This is the belief of many political observers here, and Kota Damansara state assemblyman Nasir Hashim explains how the connection works.

    “The very fact that you have a mega project means that money is coming in, even before the project starts,” said the Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) leader.

    “And part of that money is going into somebody’s coffers,” he said.

    Nasir described the RM53 billion project as a “quick deposit”, noting that the government is already committed and rushing it through, no matter what the public thinks about the project.

    “So you know something big is coming,” he said.

    He added that much of the funds pumped into rushed projects such as the MRT may eventually disappear, resulting in cost overruns.

    “What the MRT project has in common with other mega projects is that the cost will always be inflated, with part of the money going into somebody’s coffers,” he pointed out.

    The government is expected to call for tenders for the project this month although a three-month public consultation is due to end only in mid-May.


    Construction work is expected to commence in July, with the Sungai Buloh-Kajang line scheduled for completion by 2016.

    However, Nasir is not convinced that the deadline will be met.

    “Basically, when money goes into the coffers, the people who get the money won’t have to push the developers hard,” he said.

    Nasir warned that the MRT may go the way of the PUTRA-LRT, STAR-LRT and KL Monorail, with the government eventually having to bail it out.

    Gamuda-MMC, a joint venture of Gamuda Bhd and MMC Corp, is the government’s Project Delivery Partner for the MRT.

    In a gesture of assurance to taxpayers, the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) said that Gamuda-MMC will be penalised if the project ends up with cost overruns.

    SPAD also said the company will not be eligible to sit on the MRT’s tender evaluation committee if it is to bid for tunnelling works.


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    John Hardick
    · 16 hours ago
    It happens only in Malay(sia) where money is spent just for the sake of spending.

    Shanghai-Beijing highy speed rail link cost USD16 million were km while Sungai Buluh MRT cost USD110 million per km.

    Shanghai-Beijing highy speed rail link is 1300 km and cost USD22 billion (They have the money while we don't have) and our MRT is 150 km but cost USD17 billion.

    Najib will want to come up with a lot of justification for the inflated price we have to pay. The Shanghai/Beijing link has 244 bridges and 22 tunnels.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beijing...-Speed_Railway

    1,140 km, or 86.5% of railway is elevated. There are 244 bridges along the line. The 164-km long Danyang–Kunshan Grand Bridge is the longest bridge in the world.,[8] the 114-km long viaduct bridge between Langfang and Qingxian is the second longest in the world, and the viaduct between Beijing's Fourth Ring Road and Langfang is the fifth longest. The line also includes 22 tunnels, totaling 16.1 km.
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    It takes 40 years to earn back our MRT cost #$%*@!

    The proposed MRT has a maximum capacity of 2 million passenger a day. That's half of KL people on the train. And let say we pay RM 5 a day. That's RM 10 million a day the MRT earn. Minus the electric bills, maintenance and staff salary, the system earn 50%. So net profit is RM 5 million a day. 1 month earn = 30 days X RM 5million a day = RM 150 million 1 year earn = 12 months X RM 150 million a month = RM 1.3 billion a year. The cost of construction is RM 53 billion. How long to earn back that cost of construction? RM 53 billion divide by RM 1.3 billion a year= 40 years!!! It takes 40 years to make back our cost!!! If you open a motorcycle shop like that, only your grandchildren can start making money! What a clever idea?

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    Free Louis Vuitton (LV) Bags for 13 million Malaysians! Get yours now, quick!

    13 Millions LV bags to give away! Ladies, please hurry up! Guys, get one for your self too! Never mind the people who think that you are being gay. Get yours now!

    Sounds too good to be true? Well, this is the new initiative just launched by your Malaysia Government in Bolehland. And it was passed lightning fast. A lot faster than the decision to scrap and re-scrap the crooked bridge project.

    Yes, I am talking about the new MRT project that just has it ground breaking ceremony recently. Either the ground is going to break, or we (Malaysians) are going to be broke!

    This new MRT project is estimated to cost us a whopping RM 53 billion! That's the equalvalent of 13 million LV bags I am talking about. The new Sg Buloh-Kajang MRT has a distance of ONLY 150km. This brings us to the cost of US$ 133 million/km.

    In a direct comparison to China's Beijing - Shanghai High-Speed Rail, considered as the fastest train in the world at 350 km/h, of a total distance of 1,318 km. It just costed China RM 66 billion. That works out to only US$ 16 million/km.


    Really, it is like you buying a Myvi while your friends get a Ferrari by paying only 15% more than you!

    Since we are overpaying close to 10 times what China is paying, surely there must be incredibly huge amount of amazing features with our 120 km/h MRT then?

    Why can't our Bolehland guys just dish out that money to give 13 millions lucky Malaysian LV bags instead. I am sure we can get more advertising values from that. Imagine being featured on the TIME Magazine as the "LV land" for a change?

    Considering the usual cost over runs of at least 1%, that's RM 500 million lost, and you still consider having an occasional "teh tarik" to be too lavish a lifestyle?

    Any how, paying 10 times what others are paying is simply mad. Let's stop this together, right now!


    Reference:
    http://biz.thestar.com.my/news/story...2&sec=business

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beijing...-Speed_Railway

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    KL MRT: Compare with Qinghai to Tibet Rail

    Highest railway line in the world with 1/3 of the length build on perma frost.

    550 km over permafrost, of which 11.7km is a bridge.



    Project cost USD 4.1 Billion.
    Length 1956 km: USD 2.1 million per km.

    Tunnels:
    FengLuoshan: 1,338 m,
    Yang bajing: 3,345 m.

    Compare KL MRT:
    60 km
    RM 53 billion,
    USD 280 million per km.

    Our Malaysian numbers are crazy.

    Why the difference? UMNO!
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    KL MRT: Compare with Singapore

    USD 317 Million/km.
    On June 14, 2005, the Land Transport Authority announced that it would construct the (then known as) Downtown Extension of the Circle Line, to serve the Downtown at Marina Bay (DTMB) area, where an integrated resort and Singapore's second botanical garden will be located. The 3.4-kilometre fully underground line was estimated to cost S$1.4 billion. Construction of the extension was slated to begin in 2007, with completion by 2012, this work out to be U$317m/km. This is fully underground line on reclaim land, next to sea and passing through marine clay land. A construction nightmare plus very high quality alternative routes to minimize impact to traffic.
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    MRT: Singapore Downtown Line (DTL)

    This is what we expect from SPAD instead of their rubbish projected costs that goes up by billions per week.











    LTA Awards 6 Downtown Line Contracts Totalling $1.13 Billion

    1. The Land Transport Authority (LTA) is pleased to announce the award of six contracts with an approximate value of $1.13 billion for the entire Downtown Line (DTL) project. These are system-wide contracts and will cover all the three DTL stages. The contracts will include the procurement of trains and the other electrical and mechanical component systems.

    Contract for 73 three-car trains

    2. Contract 951 for the procurement of electric trains for Downtown Line (DTL) has been awarded to the consortium of Bombardier Transportation GmbH / Bombardier (Singapore) Pte Ltd. The approximately S$570.7 million contract is for the supply of 73 three-car trains.

    3. The fleet of trains is fully automated and driverless. The trains will be operated from the 750V d.c. (volts direct current) third rail power supply system on the DTL. Driverless trains are currently used to service the existing North East Line and will also be used for the upcoming Circle Line (CCL).

    4. Bombardier Transportation has its global headquarters in Berlin, Germany with a presence in over 60 countries, including 43 production sites and 22 service centres. It has an installed base of over 100,000 vehicles worldwide. The Bombardier Group is recognised as one of the leaders in the global rail sector. Bombardier Transportation was also part of the consortium that built the Bukit Panjang Light Rapid Transit (LRT) System which was completed in 1999.

    (Please refer to Annex 1 for the artist's impression of the new DTL trains)

    Contract for Signalling System & Platform Screen Doors

    5. This approximately $287.5 million contract for Contract 952 for the provision of signalling system and platform screen doors is awarded to Westinghouse Brake and Signal Holdings Ltd for the design, manufacturing, supply, installation, testing and commissioning of the Signalling System and Platform Screen Doors for the entire DTL MRT system.

    a. The signalling system is designed based on the communication based train control moving block signalling technology, automatic train supervision system and computer-based interlocking. This signalling system provides a basic framework to support the fully automated driverless train operation.

    b. Platform screen doors are provided at all underground stations. It enhances commuter safety as it provides a barrier between the station platform and the track to prevent unauthorised entries onto the track thus minimizing service disruption due to track intrusion. In addition, it acts as an environmental screen to conserve energy.

    (Please refer to Annex 2 for the graphic presentation of the signalling system)

    c. Westinghouse Brake and Signal Holdings Ltd is currently involved in the Boon Lay Extension project. It is also the contractor for the signalling system of the existing North-South East-West lines and the Changi Airport Extension.

    Provision of Integrated Supervisory Control System (ISCS) and Communications System

    6. These two system contracts - Contract 955 for the provision of integrated supervisory control system (ISCS) and Contract 960 for provision of the communications system - have been awarded to Singapore Technologies Electronics. The approximate value for each contract is S$28.7 million for C955 and S$123.3 million for C960.

    a. The ISCS is a software-based system which provides a basic framework to enable the Operation Control Centre (OCC), the Depot Control Centre (DCC) and Passenger Service Centre (PSC) to remotely supervise and control the various respective systems such as power supply, communications, fire protection, tunnel ventilation and environmental control that are critical to the safe and efficient operation of DTL. ISCS also controls the lifts and escalators operating throughout the entire DTL.

    b. The communications system for DTL comprises many sub-systems such as the communications backbone network, radio, video surveillance, public address, telephony and travel information. A good communications system is especially critical for the safe and efficient operation of a fully automated, driverless system.

    (Please refer to Annex 3 for the graphic presentation of the communications system)

    c. ST Electronics has a strong presence in the rail transportation market in Singapore, the Philippines, Taiwan, China, Thailand, the UAE and Turkey since 1983. Its rail solutions include Integrated Supervisory Control Systems, Communication Systems, Automatic Fare Collection Systems, Platform Screen Doors and Maintenance Management Systems. They are also currently involved in the Circle Line and the installation of Half-height Platform Screen Doors projects.

    Provision of Lifts

    7. The approximately $22.7 million Contract 971A to provide lifts for DTL has been awarded to Otis Elevator Company (S) Pte Ltd and is for the design, manufacturing, supply, installation, testing and commissioning of the 108 lifts for all DTL stations.

    8. To facilitate ease of access for commuters, lifts are provided in all MRT stations from each of the station entrances into the station concourse level and from the concourse to the platform. The provision of lifts in our station ensures that our public transport system meets the barrier free accessibility requirement. Unlike conventional lifts that requires a machine-room next to the lift shaft, the lifts for DTL will be machine room-less for better utilisation of space within the station public area.

    9. Otis is an established manufacturer of lifts based in the United States and has supplied lifts for the existing MRT lines.

    (Please refer to Annex 4 for the graphic presentation of the lifts)

    Provision of Escalators

    10. The approximately $100.3 million Contract 971B is for the design, manufacturing, supply, installation, testing and commissioning of 299 escalators for all DTL stations. It has been awarded to Constructions Industrielles de la Mediterranee (CNIM).

    11. The escalators provided in our MRT lines are heavy duty with higher capacity than normal ones found in commercial buildings. This is critical to move heavy commuter traffic to their desired destination in the most efficient and safe manner. These escalators are also designed with energy saving features to conserve energy when the commuter traffic is low.

    12. CNIM is an established French manufacturer with experience in supplying similar heavy duty escalators for metro systems in Europe.

    Competitive Procurement

    13. LTA monitors developments in the railway industry worldwide and actively encourages new suppliers to enter the Singapore market. It is through MSI Global, the LTA Academy and its participation in international organisations like the Union Internationale de Transport Public (UITP), that LTA has developed a strong network of international contacts. From these contacts and through regular visits to existing contractors and potential suppliers in Europe, Japan and China, LTA thoroughly examines the credentials of all prospective tenderers.

    14. These measures ensure that the open competitive bidding process for the RTS component systems works well and that the systems procured are high quality offering the best value for money.

    Progress Update of Downtown Line Contracts

    15. Seven major civil contracts for DTL1 have been awarded thus far with the final award for the Bugis Station and tunnels to be announced soon.

    16. For DTL2, 10 major civil contracts will be awarded from early 2009 onwards.

    17. Major civil contracts for DTL3 will be called in 2010.

    18. "With the award of these six DTL contracts, I am pleased that the progress of the project is on-time. We are looking forward to the completion of DTL1 in 2013," said Mr Yam Ah Mee, Chief Executive, LTA.

    About Downtown Line

    19. At 40 km with 33 stations, DTL is the longest underground rail project to date and will run through high-traffic and built-up corridors. It will be fully underground and will be built in three stages. It is targeted to be completed by 2016.

    20. With the DTL, the connectivity of the existing Rapid Transit System (RTS) network will be strengthened. The DTL will facilitate direct travel from the northwestern and eastern areas of the island to the Central Business District (CBD) and the Marina Bay. It also provides a strategic transport link to support the development of the Marina Bay area.

    21. DTL is projected to see a daily ridership of around 500k when in full operation.

    Map of DTL
    Annexes:

    Annex 1 - Artist's impression of the new DTL trains
    Annex 2 - Graphic presentation of the signalling system
    Annex 3 - Graphic presentation of the communications system
    Annex 4 - Graphic presentation of the lifts
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    Anwar wants Selangor oversight for MRT project

    UPDATED @ 05:19:03 PM 05-05-2011By Yow Hong Chieh May 05, 2011


    Anwar is Selangor Economic Advisor. — file pic

    AMPANG, May 5 — The Selangor government should form an independent panel to oversee the Klang Valley mass rapid transit (KVMRT) project and prevent cost overruns arising from cronyism, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said today.
    Anwar, who is Selangor Economic Advisor, said the panel can ensure federal expenditure on the MRT is optimised to benefit the public and includes no “unnecessary additional costs arising from... cronyism”, after the Najib administration awarded the project directly to MMC-Gamuda.

    He said the proposed oversight panel could also ensure the Barisan Nasional (BN) federal administration takes into account the Selangor government’s feedback.

    Anwar pointed out that the state government has a responsibility to scrutinise the project cost as Selangor will host a significant length of the MRT and be involved in the land acquisition process.

    “It will not be fair if the people’s suffering due to daily transportation costs is used as an excuse for interested parties to reap profit from public funds,” he said at Menara Majlis Perbandaran Ampang Jaya (MPAJ) here today.

    Anwar was speaking today at an economic forum entitled “Transportation in the Klang Valley: Improvements and Challenges”.

    The total project cost for the KVMRT was estimated at RM36.6 billion for three rail lines through the Klang Valley when it was first proposed two years ago, but that projection did not include cost of land and also rolling stock.

    Syarikat Prasarana Negara Bhd (SPNB) has also not finalised the financing and project manager’s fees for the MRT although planning has started for initial civil engineering works to begin in November.

    Regulators Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) revealed the Finance Ministry has set up a special purpose vehicle (SPV) to raise funds for the project but admitted the method remains undetermined.

    The SPNB chief had also said some 100 firms have applied for pre-qualification for the 16 packages in the elevated part of the 51km-long MRT; the deadline for pre-qualification ended on April 13.

    The KVMRT is the country’s biggest infrastructure project and also the largest national key economic area (NKEA) project under Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s New Economic Model (NEM).

    The massive project is expected to generate 130,000 jobs during its five-year construction phase.

    The government aims to have more than half of the population in Greater Kuala Lumpur use the public transport system to prevent traffic congestion


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    First MRT line to start service in January 2017

    UPDATED @ 08:19:42 PM 05-05-2011By Lee Wei Lian May 05, 2011


    A cross-sectional rendition of a proposed MRT station design is displayed at a public viewing. — file pic

    KUALA LUMPUR, May 5 — The Sungai Buloh-Kajang mass rapid transit (MRT) line is expected to start service in January 2017, a month after the first line of the country’s most expensive infrastructure project is to be completed in December 2016.
    Syarikat Prasarana Negara Berhad (SPNB) said today the Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) will also finalise the alignment of the Sungai Buloh-Kajang line in June, weeks after it closes a three month-long public feedback.

    SPNB repeated today it will also open tenders for the project at the end of June, with the first award given out in November. It confirmed that the groundbreaking ceremony for the 51km line will be held on July 8.

    The Cabinet appointed the MMC-Gamuda joint-venture to be the project delivery partner in December 17 last year, after it proposed an RM36.6 billion three-line MRT for the Greater Kuala Lumpur urban area.

    However, the project cost is expected to rise as MMC-Gamuda did not include pricing for land acquisition and rolling stock. The Sungai Buloh-Kajang line is 51km long and has a total of 35 stations, including eight underground stations in central Kuala Lumpur.

    SPNB said today the alignment for the MRT is expected to be confirmed in June, about a month after the public display of the project ends of May 14.

    SPNB group director for project development Zulkifli Yusoff said that tenders for the elevated sections of the MRT will be “strictly for locals”, while the tunnelling portions will be open to foreign companies as long as they have a local partner.

    MMC-Gamuda as the project delivery partner (PDP) will be allowed to bid for the tunnelling works under the Swiss-Challenge system.

    “The PDP will have the first right of refusal and an opportunity to match or better the competing bids,” said Zulkifli.

    Asked about whether the MRT will have a four- or six-car configuration as that will impact the location and the size of the station, Zulkifli said this will only be decided in June.



    On whether there will be enough time to reconfigure the alignment for more underground portions as demanded by some members of the public, Zulkifli said there was a sufficient window to accommodate changes as the tunnelling works will only be tendered out in December this year.

    The SPNB director also said that a special purpose vehicle (SPV) has been created for raising funds for the MRT and the SPV will disburse funds to SPNB depending on the latter’s cash flow requirements.

    He added that the cost of the whole system could only be confirmed when the “whole railway scheme is approved.”

    Zulkifli said some 6,000 pieces of feedback on the MRT were received by Prasarana since February, of which about 5,000 were supportive of the project.

    The public feedback will be compiled and submitted to the Land Public Transport Commission later.

    The MRT is the country’s biggest infrastructure project and also the largest National Key Economic Area (NKEA) project under Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s New Economic Model (NEM).

    The cost for the project was earlier reported to be between RM36 billion to as high as RM50 billion although authorities say those estimates are now outdated and no figure can be finalised before the alignment is confirmed in June.

    The massive project is expected to generate 130,000 jobs during its five-year construction phase.

    The government aims to have more than half of the population in Greater Kuala Lumpur use the public transport system to prevent traffic congestion.


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    Prasarana confirms HSSI picked as MRT check engineer

    By Lee Wei Lian May 05, 2011


    Zulkifli speaks during a media briefing on the MRT, in Bangsar, May 5, 2011. — Picture by Jack OoiKUALA LUMPUR, May 5 — An engineering consortium led by HSS Integrated Sdn Bhd (HSSI) has been on board as an independent check engineer (ICE) for the Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) since February although the project owners said last month they have yet to finalise the lucrative contract.
    Syarikat Prasarana Negara Berhad (SPNB) group director for project development Zulkifli Yusoff said a Letter of Intent (LOI) was awarded in February to a joint venture between HSSI and Canadian company SNC-Lavalin.

    “We are waiting for Ministry of Finance approval and they (HSSI-SNC) are on board during the initial period,” he said during a media briefing today.

    The Malaysian Insider had reported on April 14 that the SPNB board was to meet on that day to award the contract for two per cent of the undetermined project cost, which is reportedly above market rates.

    The report said the consortium of HSSI, Hong Kong’s MTR Corp Ltd and Canadian SNC-Lavalin was likely to land the contract despite being rejected by SPNB earlier for not putting a price to its brief — which usually costs up to 0.8 per cent of the total project.

    It was understood that the matter was taken off the agenda at the last minute.

    Concerns have been raised over the involvement of HSSI, moreover as it apparently had an existing working relationship with MRT project delivery partner (PDP), MMC-Gamuda, through the ongoing double-tracking rail project in north Malaysia.

    Sources had told The Malaysian Insider that when a request for information for the ICE role was sent out before last Christmas, it was stated clearly that the winning ICE should not have an existing links with the PDP.

    SPNB responded to the report later in the day saying that they had not finalised appointing an independent check engineer (ICE) but said any speculation over the fees will jeopardise its negotiations.

    “The appointment of the KVMRT ICE is not finalised. Speculation of the ICE fee quantum at this point will only jeopardise our ability to negotiate competitive fees from the ICE candidates,” said SPNB group managing director Shahril Mokhtar in a media statement.

    “Prasarana will table the best negotiated fee to the Ministry of Finance, who is the final approving authority on this appointment.”

    Regarding the relationship between HSSI and project delivery partner (PDP) MMC-Gamuda joint-venture, Shahril said the PDP has clarified that “HSSI was one of the many local consultants who were engaged for the Electrified Double Track Project (Ipoh to Padang Besar).

    “HSSI was appointed to design road bridges for the project in May 2007 and they completed their job in May 2008,” he added

    Shahril also said the ICE “is common for large-scale projects involving large capital expenditure and requiring a high degree of integration to meet the key objectives: implementation on schedule, and within budget and specifications”.
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    Most important question that was missed out: Why MRT?


    Seven questions on the MRT


    LETTERS/SURAT
    Saturday, 07 May 2011 admin-s

    By Vijay Kumar Murugavell

    The pertinent questions to ask are:

    1) At what cost is it being built and is it competitive including the terms and conditions?

    2) Are the routes integrated with our existing transport system optimally with sufficient parking space?

    3) Can our current transport system especially feeder buses cater to the MRT's huge volume and if not (most likely not) how much will an upgrade cost?

    4) Will SPAD publish details of all contractors including price tendered and rationale the contracts were awarded on its website?

    5) Will SPAD publish all queries raised by MP's and address them publicly on its website?

    6) What is the background of those appointed to oversee the various aspects of this project and the basis for their appointment?

    7) Have we studied problems faced by other countries in implementing similar projects so as to avoid needlessly repeating them?
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    I think this chap is bullshitting about the popularity of the MRT. It is a smash and grab job to rob the nation. The actual cost is probably less than 20% of what it actually cost.

    Public support for MRT overwhelming, says Spad
    By Lee Wei Lian
    June 06, 2011


    Nur Kamal promised to have his commission delve into objections over the MRT. — file pic

    KUALA LUMPUR, June 6 — The Land Public Transport Commission (Spad) today said responses received during its public display of the first phase of the Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system were “resoundingly” positive.


    According to the commission, 91 per cent of the more than 6,000 comments and suggestions were in support of the project, touted as Malaysia’s most expensive ever.

    Spad CEO Mohd Nur Kamal noted, however, that though the majority were in support of the MRT, there were also objections over the system’s proposed alignment and environmental impact which he promised the commission would “seriously” look into.

    “We’re very glad to see this, because what this says is the public has been very objective towards this project from the very beginning,” said Mohd Nur.

    “Through the various stakeholder engagements that we have organised, we have seen the majority are in support of the KVMRT project.”

    The public display was held at seven locations for three months from February 14 to May 14.

    The commission also organised more than 50 meetings with the relevant local council authorities, members of parliaments and residents associations over the three month public display period.

    While traffic-weary city residents have long called for an efficient mass rapid transit system like those in world class cities, their enthusiasm for the MRT system that was announced last year has also been tempered due to previous issues related to the implementation of KL’s LRT system such as sub-optimal alignment, lack of platform integration or a single ticketing system.

    Controversy also surrounded the purported cost of the project, which some reports pegged to be as high as RM50 billion, although authorities have said the cost cannot be finalised until the MRT’s alignment is confirmed.

    There was also a public struggle over the tender for MRT works when Perkasa and the Malay Chamber of Commerce Malaysia protested the qualification criteria for contractors, prompting the project owner Syarikat Prasarana Negara Bhd to revise its pre-qualification criteria to allow joint ventures and make the minimum paid-up capital criteria non-mandatory.

    The alignment for the MRT is expected to be confirmed this month, with the first construction awards to be given out in November.

    The massive project, aimed at relieving traffic congestion and improving mobility in and around the capital city, is expected to generate 130,000 jobs during its five-year construction phase.

    The Sungai Buloh-Kajang line is expected to start service in January 2017, a month after construction is to be completed in December 2016.
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