KUALA LUMPUR (July 19): Mass Rapid Transit Corporation (MRT Corp) is currently in the process of appointing a project management consultant (PMC) and three companies for the civil main contractor (CMC) packages for the construction of the MRT Circle Line (MRT3) project.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong said the tenders for the system work packages would be opened soon.

"All efforts to improve MRT connectivity will provide quality public transport options to the people," he said in reply to a question from Datuk Seri Ahmad Maslan (Barisan Nasional-Pontian) during the question-and-answer session in the Dewan Rakyat here on Tuesday (July 19).

Ahmad wanted the ministry to state the status of the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL), High Speed Rail, Pan-Borneo Highway, MRT and new highway projects to reduce congestion, especially during long holidays and festive seasons.

The MRT3 project involves a 51km line, including two depots and 33 stations, of which 10 are interchange stations that connect MRT3 to existing KTM, LRT, Monorail, MRT Kajang Line and MRT Putrajaya Line stations.

A12km stretch of the MRT3 will run underground, while another 39km will run on multistorey tracks.

Wee said the MRT3 project would involve five work packages, comprising one PMC, three CMCs and one system work package, while overall, the MRT2 project had reached 98.4% as of June, and the line is expected to begin operation in January 2023.

"Its opening will encourage the public to use public transport, thus reducing traffic congestion," he said.

As for the 665km ECRL project, he added that it was 31.48% complete as of June.

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