KTC wins civil contract for Singapore’s CRL Maju station and tunnels

Singapore’s Land Transport Authority (LTA) has awarded the civil contract for the design and construction of Maju station and tunnels under the Cross Island Line Phase 2 (CRL2) to KTC Civil Engineering & Construction Pte Ltd at a contract value of around S$480 million.

The CRL Maju station is an underground station located along Clementi Road, situated near existing infrastructure such as residential developments and educational institutions. The works are expected to be challenging, with the undulating terrain and mixed ground conditions at this location. For safety and ground stability, LTA said earth retaining and stabilising structures will be implemented before excavation and construction works for station structures commence.

LTA had earlier carried out a comprehensive Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) on the works, which will take place near the Clementi Forest. Part of the EIA process included engagements with nature groups to review key biodiversity issues related to the Clementi Forest, and the proposed measures to manage the environmental impact of the works.

LTA will continue to engage nature groups and other stakeholders to keep them apprised of the construction progress and the corresponding mitigation measures to be undertaken based on the project’s Environmental Monitoring and Management Plan. These measures include establishing a flora and fauna monitoring and management programme, as well as regular inspections of hoardings, drains and earth control measures.

Construction works for the CRL Maju Station are scheduled to start in the second quarter of 2024, with passenger service for CRL2 targeted to commence in 2032.

Singapore-based KTC Civil Engineering & Construction has been involved in various infrastructure projects across the country. The company previously built Tampines interchange station on the Downtown Line and Orchard Boulevard station on the Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL). It is currently in the finishing stage of the construction of TEL Sungei Bedok station.

The CRL is Singapore’s eighth MRT line. It will serve existing and future developments in the eastern, north-eastern and western corridors, linking major hubs such as Jurong Lake District, Punggol Digital District and Changi region. The CRL will have almost half of its stations as interchanges with other rail lines, making it easier and more convenient for commuters to travel across the rail network.

The fully underground CRL will be built in three phases. Announced in 2019, CRL Phase 1 is 29 km long and comprises 12 stations from Aviation Park to Bright Hill. Construction works have commenced and are expected to complete by 2030. CRL Phase 2, announced in September 2022, is approximately 15 km and consists of six underground stations. Engineering studies for CRL Phase 3 are ongoing and more details will be announced after these studies are completed.

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