MASS Rapid Transit Corporation Sdn Bhd (MRT Corp) hosted eleven individuals from the Ministry of Defence Malaysia (MINDEF) to the MRT Project on 3 November 2016. These individuals were from the Defence Engineering Services Division.
The visit was to gain further knowledge about the Bandar Malaysia Station that will be constructed under the MRT Sungai Buloh-Serdang-Putrajaya (SSP) Line. The current Kuala Lumpur Air Force base will be demolished with the establishment of the Bandar Malaysia Stations.
There will be two MRT Stations being Bandar Malaysia North and Bandar Malaysia South in this area.
MRT Corp Senior Project Manager, Mr Alex Terry welcomed members from MINDEF to MRT Corp’s Project Office located at Southgate Commercial Centre and gave a presentation about the construction of underground stations and associated structures.
He explained the tunnelling works and challenges that had previously been faced for the MRT Sungai Buloh-Kajang (SBK) Line.
Other items that he mentioned was that the same Tunnel Boring Machines that were used for the SBK Line will be used for the SSP Line. These machines had undergone its refurbishment in Pusing, Perak. With this in place, it will save a significant amount of money.
An in-depth explanation on the upcoming Bandar Malaysia Stations were also highlighted such as that it will provide connectivity to the future High Speed Rail.
After Alex’s presentation, the engineers then boarded the bus to the Tun Razak Exchange (TRX) Station.
Upon arrival at the station, MMC Gamuda KVMRT (T) Sdn Bhd Site Superintendent TRX Station Encik Muhammad Omaraju, gave a short safety briefing.
Alex then led the individuals to a walkabout of the station. He was joined by MRT Corp Strategic Communications & Stakeholder Relations Director Dato’ Najmuddin Abdullah, MRT Corp Underground Works Director Mr Blaise Pearce and MRT Corp TRX Station Project Manager Encik Noorsam Kasar.
They answered various questions about the MRT Project during this activity. The knock out panel that will connect with the TRX Station to the 1MDB Development was particularly of high interest to them.
The visit ended after an hour and the delegates boarded the bus back to Southgate Commercial Centre.