MRT link for Elmina?


ENHANCING CONNECTIVITY: Sime Darby to submit request for line extension from Sungai Buloh, sources say SIME Darby Bhd is lobbying for MyRapid Transit (MRT) connectivity to its City of Elmina development located along the Guthrie Corridor Expressway, here.

City of Elmina is a group of townships with a gross development value of more than RM25 billion.

Sime Darby Property Bhd, its unlisted property arm, is developing the townships spread across 2,000ha, which also form part of the Selangor Vision City (SVC).

SVC is a sprawling 17,200ha area that includes City of Elmina, Bukit Jelutong, Kota Elmina, Lagong Mas, Bukit Lagong and the existing areas of Kampung Kubu Gajah, Subang Puteri and Kampung Melayu Subang.

Business Times understands that Sime Darby will be submitting a request to the Land Public Transport Commission (Spad) to extend the MRT Sungai Buloh-Kajang line (Line 1) to the township.

Work on the 51km Line 1 started in July 2011.

Line 2 from Selayang to Putrajaya and costing an estimated RM23 billion will be implemented next year.

“Spad’s role is to determine the alignment. It will undertake a feasibility study on Sime Darby’s request to extend the MRT line from the Sungai Buloh station to the township. If viable, Mass Rapid Transit Corp Sdn Bhd (MRT Corp) will undertake the construction,” one source said.

MRT Corp, which is wholly-owned by the government, is the MRT project developer and owner.

The source said the extension would cost around RM2 billion to RM3 billion, or between RM250 million and RM300 million for each kilometre of elevated line implemented.

Sime Darby will provide the land to build an MRT station, the source added.

City of Elmina, which will take up to 18 years to complete, is projected to attract about 30,000 households and a population of around 150,000.

“If MRT Corp extends Line 1 to the City of Elmina, there may also be a possibility to link it further to Klang and integrate the system with light rail transit (LRT) Line 3,” the source said.

The LRT Line 3 project linking Bandar Utama and Klang will begin by the end of next year.


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