by BERNAMA / pic by TMR FILE
THE East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) project, which is expected to be completed in 2026 has reached a progress rate of 21% so far, said Malaysia Rail Link Sdn Bhd (MRL) chairman Tan Sri Mohd Zuki Ali.
Mohd Zuki said although the percentage indicated that the project is ahead of schedule, it has still a long way to go, adding that there are several issues such as land acquisition and site clearance that needed to be solved.
“The most critical issue includes the approval from state governments on sections A (Kota Baru to Dungun), B (Dungun to Temerloh) and C (Temerloh to Port Klang), where we are still awaiting the approval from the Selangor state government.
“If we get the approval, then the entire ECRL project will be able to be implemented (immediately) and to ensure that it does not fall behind schedule,” he told reporters after visiting the Armed Forces Family Housing project site in Jeli, Kelantan, yesterday.
Also present was Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Economy) Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed.
On the participation of local contractors in the ECRL project, Mohd Zuki, who is also the chief secretary to the government said it has so far reached 12% of the 40% target set by MRL, adding that more local contractors are expected to participate when the project’s civil works are fully open.