The proposal was announced in June 2010 and was approved by the
government of Malaysia in December 2010. Construction of the first
line is targeted to commence in July 2011.
The project also represents one of the economic entry point
project identified for the Greater Kuala Lumpur / Klang Valley
National Key Economic Area under the Economic Transformation
The proposed 3-line 150 km Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system in KL
comprising two northeast-southwest radial lines and one circle
line looping around Kuala Lumpur city.
The MRT project will not only significantly increase the current
inadequate rail network but will also serve to integrate the
existing rail networks and expectantly alleviate the severe
traffic congestion in the KL metropolitan area.
The MRT project represents one of the economic entry point project
identified for the Greater Kuala Lumpur / Klang Valley National
Key Economic Area under the Economic Transformation Program.
The new MRT system is envisaged to radically improve and transform
Kuala Lumpur’s poor and sorely inadequate public transportation
coverage and to propel the Greater Kuala Lumpur metropolitan area
to be on par with that of a developed city.
Preliminary project cost which will be government-funded, was
estimated by Gamuda-MMC at RM36 billion, representing the largest
infrastructure project ever undertaken in Malaysia. Analysts
estimate the cost could be significantly higher due to extensive
tunneling works required.
While the project is welcome by most, some analysts and
commentators have expressed concerns on the commercial viability
of the project and skepticism on the government part to pull off a
project of such scale, given the numerous past delays in other
rail-related projects in Malaysia.
However, most agree that the project will generate immense
economic contribution and investment returns in the future.