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The Putrajaya Monorail project could be revived, as MMC Corporation Berhad (MMC) has tabled a proposal to the Economic Council (EC). Shelved in 2004 due to federal budget constraints, the Putrajaya Monorail project could be completed in 2021 if it is approved – the same year the Sg Buloh-Putrajaya MRT2 line is expected to be completed – according to a report by The Sun.

Unnamed sources told The Sun that the MMC proposal for the Putrajaya monorail is realistic, and will connect the federal capital with the MRT2, ERL and KL-Singapore High Speed Rail, with Putrajaya as one of the transit locations. “For a start, the monorail station at Putrajaya Sentral will integrate with the first station of MRT2, with seamless connection via an 84 m skybridge,” the source said.

In the original plan, the first phase of the project was estimated to cost RM400 million for two lines – a 13.6 km track with 18 stops on the first line, and a 6.8 km line to serve seven stations on the second line. A 4 km underground track and another 9 km track above ground had been completed before it was shelved.

The report adds that MMC group managing director Datuk Seri Che Khalib Mohamad Noh had briefed government officials, MRT Corp and Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) executives on MMC’s ideas for the monorail project, although the means of financial backing has yet to be determined.

SPAD chairman Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar confirmed MMC has submitted a proposal to the Economic Council to revive the project, when contacted by The Sun, and added that the government has instructed SPAD to conduct a feasibility study for monorail and tram services for Putrajaya and Cyberjaya.