MRT Corp awards RM19.5m contracts to Bumi contractors

KUALA LUMPUR: A total of 44 work packages for the Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) project worth RM19.5 million were awarded yesterday to Classes G1, G2 and G3 Bumiputera contractors.

In announcing this, MRT Corp Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Datuk Azhar Abdul Hamid said the contracts were part of the government’s target of achieving 43 per cent participation by Bumiputera contractors in the nation’s largest infrastructure project.

Speaking at the balloting ceremony yesterday, he said it was the second to be held and involved 541 applicants. The first balloting was held at the end of last year where nine contractors were awarded RM7.5 million worth of contracts.

MRT Corp has allocated 250 work packages worth RM200 million for Bumiputera contractors.

“We expect most of the contracts to be awarded this year and the rest by the beginning of next year the latest,” he said.

He added that MRT Corp will hold a ballot every quarter to award contracts for the construction of the MRT Sungai Buloh-Kajang line.

The work scope available for Bumiputera contractors in Classes G1, G2 and G3 includes the maintenance of existing roads; surface drainage works; landscaping and turfing; road furniture; fencing; fencing and gates; and taxi and bus stand construction.

“Successful Bumiputera contractors will undergo a mandatory two-day training before commencing construction works. Modules for this training are prepared by the Contractors Service Centre under the Ministry of Works, Institute of Public Works Malaysia, Bumiputera Agenda Coordinating Unit and MRT Corp,” he added.

Construction of the 51km MRT Sungai Buloh-Kajang line, now in full swing, is expected to be completed in 2016 and commence operations in January 2017. Bernama

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