MMC Corp Bhd remains interested in developing the Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit Line 3 (MRT3) project even as Prime Minister Tun Mahathir Mohamad has said that it would be too costly to start works for the project at the moment. In fact, an unsolicited proposal for the project was submitted by the group at the end of last year.
“It is not an identical system, it is not exactly as the previous proposal but it serves the objective to connect all the existing transit system,” said MMC Managing Director Datuk Seri Che Khalib Mohamad Noh, reported The Sun Daily.
“MRT Line 3 is integral to the whole MRT system as it was designed as a circle line, to connect with all the existing seven rail system. We would welcome such development from the government.”
The Barisan Nasional government had previously approved the development of MRT3, but the project was shelved in May by the new government due to financial constraints.
Che Khalib revealed the group was able to reduce the project cost under the revised proposal by executing the project in phases and opting for elevated sections in place of underground work.
And while he declined to divulge details on the cost savings of its revised proposal, Che Khalib expressed confidence that the group would secure the contract for the MRT3 project in the event the government decides to revive it.
“We are ready as we have the capability and resources to be able to competitively bid for Line 3,” he added.