News: Residents Say Gov’t Has Valid Reasons For Scrapping MRT3

Jul 5, 2018

While some Klang Valley residents are disappointed over the cancellation of the Circle Line or the MRT3 project, they believe it is a logical move given the federal government’s massive debt of more than RM1 trillion, reported The Star.

The RM45 billion rail project aims to improve public transport to Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC) from the capital’s outskirts such as Sentul, Ampang, Bukit Kiara, KL Eco City and Bandar Malaysia.

Spanning 40 kilometres, the 26-station Circle Line was supposed to be connected to MRT1 (Sungai Buloh-Kajang line) and MRT2 (Sungai Buloh-Serdang line) to create an integrated route linking the whole Klang Valley.

“I think it is a good idea to put the project on hold for now and not just push the project through without a thorough investigation in view of the extremely high cost,” said Chua Yong Seng, a 33-year-old engineer who takes public transport daily to work in Kuala Lumpur.

He thinks that the MRT 3 is not needed urgently as there are enough transportation connecting the capital with neighbouring places, and the authorities should focus on areas with limited access to the city.

Another resident, Shirleen Chung, is sad that the Circle Line was scrapped. But the 32-year-old event planner from Ampang believes the government’s move is justified.

“I live very near one of the proposed stations and was hoping to finally be able to have the option of using the train into the city centre. But if the country cannot afford it now, then it’s a good decision to put it on hold,” said Chung, who thinks travelling by train is better than using the bus or taxi.

In agreement is 31-year-old Krishnath Tangaragee, who frequently use public transport. “I believe our government has valid reasons for cancelling this project, but I sure hope that it will be revisited in future.”

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