Malaysian transport minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong said in Parliament yesterday that the five main packages for the MRT3 Circle Line will be up for tender this year and are expected to be completed in phases within the next six to eight years.

As reported by The Star, Wee was responding to a question from Segambut MP Hannah Yeoh on the status of the MRT3 Circle Line. The project, which was previously suspended by the Pakatan Harapan administration, has recently been approved by the government.

In a Facebook post, Wee said the MRT3 Circle Line is expected to be fully completed by 2030 and would start operating in phases, with the first to be opened as early as December 2028, subject to a land acquisition process.

“The project will be financed in a hybrid manner involving funding sources such as sukuk with government guarantees and also deferred payment financing,” said Wee. He added that based on a technical feasibility study, the MRT3 Circle Line will be a 51-km long loop, with 39 km being within Kuala Lumpur and 12 km in Selangor.

MRT Kajang Line – Taman Pertama station in Cheras

“The ring line will cross the existing rail network, including the MRT1, MRT2, LRT, Monorail and KTM Komuter lines,” Wee explained. The project will result in 10 new interchange stations being created to form a more comprehensive public transport network. “80% of the entire alignment is an elevated route, while 20% is an underground route,” noted Wee.

In April last year, MRT Corp considered having 30 stations for the Circle Line, with some of the proposed stations being Bukit Kiara, INTAN (National Institute of Public Administration), Sri Hartamas, Mont Kiara, Jalan Duta, Matrade, Jalan Kuching, Sentul West, Sentul East, Ayer Panas, Semarak, Setiawangsa, Ampang Point, Desa Pandan, Pandan Indah, Taman Perdana, Taman Midah, Hospital Canselor Tuanku Muhriz UKM (previously known as HUKM), Kuchai Lama, Old Klang Road and Pantai Dalam.

On a separate note, Wee said recently that the government is considering imposing a congestion charge for vehicles entering Kuala Lumpur once the MRT3 Circle Line is completed.