KUALA LUMPUR – Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak today launched the tunnelling works for the MRT Sungai Buloh-Serdang-Putrajaya (SSP) Line which has an entire alignment of 52.2 km, of which 13.5 km is underground.
At the event, held at the line’s Bandar Malaysia North station here, Najib unveiled one of the tunnel boring machines (TBMs) that will be used to construct the underground portion of the line.
The SSP Line will have 35 stations, 11 of them underground.
Najib had a closer look at the TBM operation from a viewing deck at the site and was given updates on the project.
Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai told reporters that the SSP Line was 22 per cent complete, and was scheduled for completion in 2021.
The SSP Line is the second to be constructed under the Klang Valley MRT Project, after the 51km-long Sungai Buloh-Kajang (SBK) MRT Line.
The TBM launched today is a Variable Density TBM specifically designed to handle the challenging limestone geological formation in the Klang Valley. It is also the first to undergo refurbishment in Malaysia.
Previously used for the SBK Line, the TBM was refurbished at a facility run by Waiko Engineering Sdn Bhd in Pusing, Perak – the first and only TBM refurbishment facility in Southeast Asia.
The new MRT line runs from Sungai Buloh to Putrajaya through locations such as Kepong, Batu, Jalan Ipoh, Titiwangsa, KLCC, Tun Razak Exchange, Bandar Malaysia, Sungai Besi, Serdang, UPM and Cyberjaya.
Besides Transport Minister Liow, present at the event were MRT Corp chairman and Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa, MRT Corp chief executive officer Datuk Seri Shahril Mokhtar, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri and Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) chairman Tan Sri Mohd Isa Abdul Samad. – BERNAMA