In 1995, Malaysia’s first electric train system was put Into service when the KIM Komuter begun operation. The LRT started serving the Kang Valley folks In 1998 while the Monorail was officially launched on August 31, 2003 In conjunction with Merdeka day.
Slightly more than a decade later, the MRT system and the HSR systems are announced and the former Is already on the brink of completion.
The MRT project has captured the attention of investors across all market sectors since It was announced, and for good reasons. In addition to being a key component of the Greater KL plan, the MRT Is also one of the biggest Infrastructure projects In Malaysia yet.
According to the MRT website, as of the end of March this year, 61.2% of the Sungal Buloh – Kajang line Is completed and the tunneling works for the 9.5 km city centre underground line Is declared complete. The 7 underground stations are currently at 76.49% completion, slightly higher than the planned 74%.
According to Dato’ Sri Shahrll Mokhtar, CEO of MRT Corp, the Sungal Buloh – Semantan stretch can be expected to begin operation by the end of next year, and the entire length stretching to Kajang Is scheduled for completion In July 2017.
With works for the MRT Line 1 going smoothly, the company expects works for the Sungal Buloh-Serdang- Putrajaya line to commence by June next year.
On the other hand, works on the LRT extension line has met some difficulties as determining the underground pipes and cables for tunneling work has proved to be more challenging than what was Initially assumed. Despite the challenges faced, Prasarana is confident that the line will be completed by March next year.
The LRT extension will extend the reach to the suburb areas of USJ, Subang, Bandar Utama, etc. However, the final alignment Is yet to be set as the authorities are still collecting public opinion before making the final decision.
For connection beyond Greater KL, there is the HSR project that will provide a high speed rail link between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, with stops made along major cities and towns along the route. Leaders of the two nations held their sixth unofficial meeting on May 5 2015 year, and are expected to finalize on a project schedule by end of this year.
In addition to the different rail based projects, there are various planned highways Including the 1,663km Pan Borneo Highway (to Increase connectivity between Sabah and Sarawak) and the Cenral Spine Road (connecting Kelantan and Pahang), Kota Bharu-Kuala Krai Highway, West Coast Expressway, etc.
Despite the Inevitable hiccups large and small, there Is no doubt that the transport Infrastructure projects will radically transform Malaysia and promote synergy between the different states across both East and West Malaysia.
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