MRT Putrajaya Line Phase 1 Opening Delayed To At Least 2nd Quarter of 2022
Mass Rapid Transit Corporation Sdn Bhd (MRT Corp) announced that Phase 1 of the MRT Putrajaya Line has been delayed to the second quarter of 2022, and earliest only after March 2022. The MRT Putrajaya Line was originally scheduled to start operations this month (November 2021). This is the second delay to the MRT Putrajaya Line, which was originally announced to open in August 2021.
MRT Corp reports that since 29 April 2021, a total of 16 trains have been running between Kwasa Damansara MRT Station and Kampung Batu MRT Station in full-service mode daily but without passengers to simulate actual operations.
The Final Detailed Inspection and System Performance Demonstration were carried out, however, they have not been completed. As a result, MRT Corp is not able to take possession of the asset from the appointed turnkey contractor.
Malay Mail reports that MRT Corp chief executive Datuk Mohd Zarif Hashim said it is paramount that all primary, secondary and tertiary layers of systems are stable before MRT Corp can take possession of the assets from its appointed turnkey contractors to commence operations.
Datuk Mohd Zarif Hashim says, “As of now, I am not able to tell you the exact date because this is not something we can just plug in tomorrow because any software update will need to go through rigorous test regimes. Given that scenario, we’re looking at almost the second quarter of next year, I cannot tell you the exact date but it will take us beyond March.”
The stations in the MRT Putrajaya Line (PY Line) Phase 1 are:
- Kwasa Damansara MRT Station – Currently on MRT Kajang Line (KG Line) / Interchange with MRT Kajang Line (KG Line)
- Kampung Selamat MRT Station – Currently on MRT Kajang Line (KG Line)
- Sungai Buloh MRT Station – Currently on MRT Kajang Line (KG Line) / Interchange with KTM Komuter Klang Valley Sector
- Damansara Damai MRT Station
- Sri Damansara Barat MRT Station
- Sri Damansara Sentral MRT Station
- Sri Damansara Timur MRT Station – Interchange with KTM Komuter Klang Valley Sector
- Metro Prima MRT Station
- Kepong Baru MRT Station
- Jinjang MRT Station
- Sri Delima MRT Station
- Kampung Batu MRT Station – Interchange with KTM Komuter Klang Valley Sector
As the delay is now prolonged, RailTravel Station will update on the current temporary travel options. I previously did not update on them as I thought the disruption would be short enough to not have much effect on travel in the Sungai Buloh area.