The third and final piece (for now) of the Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) project, MRT Line 3 or the Circle Line, was originally planned for completion in 2027. However, the government is now studying plans to fast-track its construction due to the benefits of the project, according to The Star.

Transport minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai reportedly said that prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has approved the proposal as it would spur the development of Greater Kuala Lumpur.

“We have planned for the completion of MRT2 by 2022 and MRT3 by 2027. However, looking at the benefits of the MRT, the ministry is proposing if we can bring forward the construction of MRT3,” he said, adding that the study involves several other agencies, such as the Economic Planning Unit, Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) and the Prime Minister’s Department.

Completing the line early, Liow added, would put it in line with the completion of the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) in 2024 and the High-Speed Rail (HSR) in 2026. “This will allow better mobility within Greater Kuala Lumpur which will see an influx of tourists and people,” he said.

The Circle Line rounds out the three currently planned MRT lines. The first, the Sungai Buloh-Kajang (SBK) line, was completed in two stages, with Phase 1 from Sungai Buloh to Semantan opening to the public in December last year and Phase 2 from Semenyih to Kajang going into service on July 17. Construction of the second Sungai Buloh-Putrajaya line has already begun, and carries the aforementioned 2022 completion date.