KUALA LUMPUR – The first phase of renovation and upgrading works of the Kuala Lumpur Sports City in Bukit Jalil, here, has reached 88 per cent completion, which is eight percent ahead of the targetted rate at this point.
Malaysian Resources Corporation Berhad (MRCB) general manager S. Nalgunalingam said, refurbishment work on four major venues in phase one of the project was almost completed except for a few parts such as a canopy walkaway linking the National Stadium to the Hockey Stadium besides landscaping in the surrounding areas.
He also added that MRCB would hand the venues to the Malaysia Stadium Corporation (PSM) once completed in July, a month before 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games gets underway.
“We are well ahead of our target where we promised last December to complete the upgrading works about 80 percent but now we have reached 88 percent in March and we are quite happy with the rejuvenation process,” he told a media briefing on the progress of upgrading works of the project, here today.
“The renovation and upgrading works at the Axiata Arena and also National Aquatics Centre would take some time to be completed since testing on the facilities that we have installed need international certification,” Nalgunalingam added.
In the meantime, he also revealed that the ultimate challenge to complete the RM500 million upgrading project was a race against time but glad that the strong cooperation between MRCB, Ministry of Youth and Sports and PSM had enabled the upgrading works to run smoothly.
Sharing his views was PSM Chief Executive Officer Azman Fahmi Osman who was extremely pleased with the current progress of the upgrading works was happy that work would completed by the stipulated time.
He also revealed that the national athletes especially in the athletics events can test the newly-upgraded track inside the National Stadium in July.
Phase One of KL Sports City involves upgrading works at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium, the newly-rebranded Axiata Arena (previously known as Putra Stadium), National Aquatics Centre, National Hockey Stadium and also a large-scale plaza and infrastructure development.
After the completion of phase one at a cost of RM500 million and the 2017 SEA Games, MRCB will start phase two in January 2018.
The second phase will see the creation of KL Sports City as a fully integrated sports hub that will consist of world class infrastructure including high performance training facilities, a rehabilitation science centre, a youth park, public facilities, convention centre, and a retail mall.
MRCB via its subsidiary Rukun Juang Sdn Bhd was selected by the Federal Government to undertake the KL Sports City project in October 2015. – BERNAMA