Upgrading works for the second phase of the Klang Valley Double Track (KVDT) project will be under review, said transport minister Anthony Loke according to The Star.

The second phase of the 110 km-long track will incur costs estimated to be RM5.9 billion, the transport minister said. “It is too high and the tenders were awarded through direct negotiations and direct tender. This translates to RM53 million for every kilometre. It is really high and the government doesn’t agree with this,” he said.

The completion of the second phase of the KVDT has also been estimated to take seven years. “The Ministry won’t agree to this. We cannot stomach this, seven years of delay for the commuters,” he added. This second phase is from Kuala Lumpur to Klang, Salak South to Seremban and from Simpang Port Klang to Klang.

Delays in the commuter train schedules were due to the ongoing upgrading works for the first phase, Loke said, noting that one track has been closed between the Kuala Lumpur station and Simpang Port Klang and Rawang, leaving these routes without double tracks. Phase one will be completed in 2019.

This is a review of the KVDT’s feasibility, rather than an outright cancellation which was the case with the KL-Singapore high-speed rail and MRT Line 3 projects. Users of the KTM commuter will face delays from the usual frequency of 15 minutes at peak hours to 30 minutes, and from 30 minutes at non-peak hours to 60 minutes, according to The Star.