PETALING JAYA: The LRT Line Extension Project (LEP) building works which began in 2010, are progressing well, with almost 90 per cent of tender contracts awarded to appointed companies. Syarikat Prasarana Negara Berhad (Prasarana) project development group director Zulkifli Mohd Yusoff said most of the work packages had been awarded, except for two stations and depots for Ampang Line.
He said the contract for the supply of trains and the work package for systems had yet to be awarded, pending completion of the station buildings. "After the civil works are completed, we can appoint companies for those works by tender, for the operation systems such as power supply and track works. "We hope all the contracts will be awarded to companies by middle of this year," he said in a media briefing session of the project here today.
In completing the project, Prasarana face challenges, not only in construction but also social-related issues involving noise pollution from the train, which is bound to inconvenience residents at certain track routes. Zulkifli said, most of the problems involving noise pollution would be resolved with the setting up of sound barriers after discussion with the residents involved.
For the projects, the extension for Ampang Line is 17.7km long, with 11 new stations while the Kelana Jaya Line extension is 17km long with 12 new stations. The Ampang Line extension begins from the Seri Petaling station and ends at the new Putra Heights Station in Subang. The Kelana Jaya Line extension starts from the Kelana Jaya station before the tracks also end at the Putra Heights Station. Both are expected to be completed in 2014. The Putra Heights station would be the interchange station for the extension project, said Zulkifli. -- Bernama