KUALA LUMPUR: The country’s
biggest infrastructure project, the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT), will be built
almost entirely through open tender to be called in April and construction
work will begin in July.
Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) chief executive officer Nur Ismal
Kamal said the competitive bidding process would be evaluated by the
Government, project owner Syarikat Prasarana Negara Bhd and project delivery
partner MMC-Gamuda Joint Venture Sdn Bhd. He said two independent bodies –
an independent checking engineer and value management consultant – would
evaluate all bids.
The checking engineer, most
probably an experienced foreign engineering firm, would vet all tenders,
approve designs as well as look at the safety and quality of work once
construction has started.
The value management consultant would ensure that costs are kept at a
minimum without compromising safety. Work on the first phase of the MRT
system, which would see the construction of a new rail line from Sungai
Buloh to Kajang, is expected to start in July. “The MRT work scope includes
underground stations, elevated stations, depots, track works, system works
and rolling stock.
“While the work scope will be via open tender, tunnelling work will be via
the Swiss challenge method where the PDP is also allowed to submit a
competitive bid,” Nur Ismal said after a briefing yesterday. Swiss challenge
means a private sector participant submits an unsolicited proposal and draft
contract principles for undertaking a project to the Government and
competitive counter-proposals are invited.
While the PDP would oversee the delivery process of the whole project and
provide a single point of accountability, Prasarana will be the project and
asset owner of the MRT system and Syarikat Pengangkutan Integrasi Deras Sdn
Bhd (RapidKL) will be the system operator. The Sungai Buloh-Kajang line
would have a population catchment of 1.2 million with estimated daily
ridership of 442,000.
The project is expected to be completed by 2015. On the cost of the first
phase, Nur Ismal said they were still finalising the alignment of the first
MRT system line, and thus could not nail down the exact figure yet. “If we
disclose it now, it will not be to our advantage because it’s an open tender
bidding. We want to get the best price from the contractors,” he said,
adding that even the RM36.6bil figure for the MRT system was not final as it
was a figure quoted from the MMC-Gamuda joint proposal.
SPAD chairman Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar said the entire project would be
funded by the Government and a special-purpose vehicle under the Finance
Ministry would be set up to advise, manage and raise the funds. On land
acquisition, Syed Hamid said it was expected to take place in May and June,
immediately after its proposed routes were put up for public display in
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