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NEWS UPDATES Asean Affairs        8  April 2011

Malaysia mass rapid transit on schedule

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The Kuala Lumpur mass rapid transit (MRT) system's project delivery partner (PDP) should step in and complete any works in the MRT project if the awarded contractors fell behind schedule, said Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) CEO Mohd Nur Kamal.

“Syarikat Prasarana Negara Bhd (SPNB), the PDP and the work package contractors would sign a tripartite agreement to ensure that the MRT project development would be carried out according to the target cost and stipulated time frame.”

“This is why we need experienced contractors to be the PDP so that it can step in and finish the job within the target cost and time in case the work package contractors fail to do so. The PDP will be compensated accordingly as per the agreement for the work package contractors,” he told reporters at media briefing yesterday. This is first of the weekly briefing session on development of the MRT project.

The PDP had come under some scrutiny as it is a new concept in project management. The PDP concept provides a single point of accountability to deliver the entire project within the agreed time and cost targets, or it will face financial penalties. The risk of delays and cost overruns is now borne by the PDP for a fee.

On the fee structure of the PDP, Mohd Nur said it was to be finalised before the MRT ground breaking ceremony in July.

“The total cost of this MRT first line will also be finalised once the alignment, design and engineering aspects of the project are fixed,” he said.

A public presentation of the MRT lines and stations will be displayed until May 14. To date, about 95 percent of the 3,000 those who have viewed the public display supported the project. SPNB managing director Shahril Mokhtar said the pre-qualification process for contractors had started.

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