Sunday, December 25, 2011

River of Life flowing smoothly

Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Minister Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin, who visited four of the project sites yesterday, said he was pleased with the progress of the project.

    "To date, 18 out of the 47   projects under ROL have begun construction, while many more are progressing on schedule. We will continue the momentum of the project, which will  complete  in 2020," he said.

      The delegation of ministers first visited the Batu Dentention Pond where the river cleaning project will take place.

The Department of Irrigation and Drainage is constructing a Water Treatment Plant (WTP) at the Batu Detention Pond.  It is expected to complete in March 2013. The project aims to improve the water quality of Sg Batu from Class 4 to Class 2. Once the WTP is completed, water from Sg Gombak will be channelled to the Batu Detention Pond  where the water will be treated and diverted to Sg Batu through Sg Keroh.

    The second site they visited was the Bunga Tanjung Food Court in Ampang, where two communal grease traps were built last October. The grease traps will reduce  oil and grease entering the river by 90 per cent. The Ampang Jaya Municipal Council were given RM2.3 million under the ROL project to install 20 communal grease traps in nine food courts in their municipality. Another 46 grease traps will soon be installed at eateries in the city and Selayang.  

    The next site they visited was the Bunus Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) in Titiwangsa which will be upgraded by the Sewerage Services Department (SSD).  The upgrading project is expected to start next year. The upgraded  Bunus STP will be able to  handle  1,100,00 metre cubic of waste from 352,000 metre cubic   per day.

    Indah Water Konsortium Sdn Bhd spokesperson said that once completed the waste from three catchments areas will be treated at the Bunus STP.

The ministers then visited Precinct 7 of the river beautification project in Masjid Jamek.

AECOM, which won the bid to beautify the river, will be producing detailed designs for   Masjid Jamek. The beautification project is expected to begin towards the end of next year and completed in five years.

The ROL project will span over a decade, from 2010 from 2020. The estimated budget for the project is RM4 billion.

Read more: River of Life flowing smoothly - Central - New Straits Times

KAFD : Will KLIFD look like this?


1MDB embarks on tender process for KLIFD project

PETALING JAYA: The tender process on major foundations works for the Kuala Lumpur International Financial District (KLIFD) has started, 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) said.
The Government-owned company had invited contractors to participate in a pre-qualification exercise in the construction and completion of earthwork and excavation works, retaining structure, piling works and related sub-structure works.
Deputy chief executive officer (operations) Datuk Azmar Talib said in a statement yesterday: “This is probably among the largest earthwork, covering the size of about 20 football fields (12ha) and excavating about 20m or about four storeys into the ground.”

The notice of pre-qualification will close on Jan 6. Short listings and invitations to tender have been scheduled to complete by mid-Feb next year.

The 30ha development in the Imbi area in between Jalan Tun Razak, Jalan Sultan Ismail and the Putrajaya elevated highway, seeks to create a catalytic pool of world-class players by combining leading financial institutions and top global companies.

The Star 24-12-2011

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

KLIFD pre-qualification notice ends on Jan 6

A pre-qualification exercise on major foundation works for the Kuala Lumpur International Financial District (KLIFD) is in progress, said 1MDB (1Malaysia Development Bhd).

1MDB Real Estate Sdn Bhd deputy chief executive officer (operations), Datuk Azmar Talib, said the works involved the construction and completion of earthwork and excavation works, retaining structure, piling works and related sub-structure works.

"Other works include site clearance, soil excavation, excavation of rocks, curtain grouting and drainage layer," he said in a statement today.

Azmar said this was probably among the largest earthwork, covering the size of about 20 football fields (12 hectares) and excavating about 20 metres (about four storeys) into the ground. 

"We are currently in a flurry of activities in the run up to the start of construction first quarter of next year. 

"In the process, we are creating and enhancing value to the site," he said. 

IMDB said the notice of pre-qualification, advertised on Dec 8 in local newspapers, will close Jan 6, 2012. It is also available at 

Read more: 'KLIFD pre-qualification notice ends on Jan 6'

Kajang-Silk Highway breaches 50-million-vehicle mark

KUALA LUMPUR: The Kajang-Silk Highway, operated by SILK Holdings Bhd via wholly-owned unit Sistem Lingkaran Lebuhraya Kajang Sdn Bhd, has breached the 50-million-vehicle mark today.
In a statement, SILK said it was a significant event for the highway that has been serving the greater Kajang area by acting as linkage to existing highway networks, including PLUS, BESRAYA and Grand Saga since 2004.
"More recently, it has added Lebuhraya Kajang Seremban and South Klang Valley Expressway to its list of connectivity," it said.
Its executive chairman, Datuk Mohd Azlan Hashim, said the highway has seen its average daily traffic volume increased from over 47,000 vehicles per day when it first started operations in 2004 to almost 150,000 vehicles today.

Rare earth could be Malaysia's new growth area

The Star 21/12/2011
KUALA LUMPUR: To help fuel Malaysia's drive to achieve high income status by 2020, Malaysia needs to discover and venture into new economic growth areas.
And rare earth could be the country's new growth area, said Dr Ahmad Ibrahim, Chief Executive Officer of the Academic of Sciences Malaysia (ASM).
"Our oil, land and other reserves are depleting, so we need to look for new opportunities and this is one of it," he told reporters after the launch of a report titled "Rare Earth Industries: Moving Malaysia's Green Economy Forward" here today.
He said the entire scale of high-tech industries depended on a sustainable supply of rare earth elements. Rare earth is widely used in manufacturing of an extensive range of downstream products which find wide applications in such industries including aerospace, consumer electronics, automotive and telecommunications.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Govt names Zelan unit contractor

KUALA LUMPUR: Zelan Bhd's 95%-owned subsidiary, Terminal Bersepadu Gombank Sdn Bhd (TBGSB) has received a letter of intent for it appointment as the contractor to design and build the proposed upgrading of Middle Ring Road II, Taman Melati Interchange and other associated works.
In a filing with Bursa Malaysia, Zelan said the letter of intent would remain valid for six months subject to terms and conditions.
The pricing of the proposed upgrading and other associated works to be agreed upon, failing which the Government had the right to terminate the letter of intent without any further notice.
The Star 20/12/2011

Sunway buys Johor land worth RM745.3mil

Purchase made through joint venture with Khazanah vehicle
KUALA LUMPUR: Sunway Bhd has expanded its landbank in Johor with the acquisition of two parcels of leased land worth RM745.3mil in Medini Iskandar via a joint venture vehicle with Khazanah Nasional Bhd.
The two parcels, which are adjacent to each other, total about 691 acres and has an estimated gross development value (GDV) of RM12bil.
The newly acquired land known as Zone F Medini will boost Sunway's landbank by 30% from the previous 2,145 acres, while the proposed development will boost the company's current GDV to RM32bil,” Sunway said in a statement yesterday.
The Star 20/12/2011

MMC wants to buy railway, inject RM1bil into it

The Star 20/12/2011
PETALING JAYA: MMC Corp Bhd confirmed that it had submitted a proposal to the Minister of Finance Inc (MOF) to undertake a due diligence exercise on KTM Bhd (KTMB) for the purpose of taking over the operations of KTMB.
It said this in a reply to a query by Bursa Malaysia yesterday due to a news report on the subject.
“MOF, vide its letter dated Dec 1, had given its approval for MMC to conduct the said due diligence subject to the signing of a non-disclosure agreement between the parties.
“We will make the appropriate announcement to Bursa Malaysia in accordance with the requirements of the Main Market listing requirements if there are any material developments in this respect,” said MMC.
MMC said yesterday it had embarked on an exercise to take over the loss-making national railway company and planned to inject about RM1bil into KTMB.

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