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Friday October 29, 2010

Kong: ETS to reach Sg Gadut by Christmas

SEREMBAN: The south-bound Komuter and Electric Train Service (ETS) will be extended to the new Sg Gadut station near here on Christmas Day.

The move is to reduce congestion at the Seremban train station and minimise traffic entering the town.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha said work on the new station was in progress to ensure it would be opened by Dec 25.

“The new Senawang station will also be opened on the same day,” he said after visiting the station here.

On track: Kong (left) being briefed on work along the Seremban-Gemas double-tracking and electrification project at the Sg Gadut station near Seremban yesterday.

The ETS service currently ends in Seremban.

Passengers travelling on board the ETS can get to Ipoh from here in three hours.

The ETS now provides eight return trips from Kuala Lumpur to Ipoh and two from Seremban to Ipoh.

Kong said work on the RM3.4bil Seremban-Gemas double-tracking and electrification project was also on schedule and was expected to be ready by August 2012.

“We have one or two land acquisition problems but we are confident of sorting this out soon,” he said.

He said the authorities also ran into problems when trying to acquire a parcel of land which was previously a cemetery.

“We are grateful to the Negri Sembilan government for assisting us in this matter. Otherwise, this project would have been delayed,” he said.

Indian company IRCON International Limited was awarded the project to build and upgrade the 98km stretch between Seremban and Gemas.

The project, he said, had been divided into two phases – Seremban–Sg Gadut (11.3km) and Sg Gadut–Gemas (86.8km).

He said once completed, travel time between Kuala Lumpur and Gemas would be reduced from the current three hours to two.

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