MyHSR Corp Sdn Bhd Commercial director Tonny Yeap said on Thursday the deadline to submit the PDP tender proposal is end-January 2018.
"Right now, we are still open for expressions of interest by companies in the tender, so the numbers (interest) are still changing.
"We are open to both local and foreign consortiums. What's important is that the companies coming forward should and must have railway experience in Malaysia, alongside expertise in high speed rail," he said at a media briefing in Johor Baru on Thursday.
MyHSR Corp called for the tender to appoint the PDP for the mega project on Nov 22.
The PDP will develop the detailed design for the infrastructure works, which include stations and alignment structures within Malaysia, as well as construct them within budget and on time.
On whether the proposed alignment has been finalised, project delivery director Mark Loader said it has been submitted to the Land and Public Transport Commission (SPAD) and is currently undergoing a public inspection exercise, which began on Nov 1 this year.
"At the end of the inspection process, we will gather the feedback from the public and address them, before going back to SPAD for our proposed final alignment.
"It will take us maybe one or two months to review all the comments and resubmit to SPAD our version of the railway scheme for final approval.
“By the end of the first quarter next year, we will submit our final proposal (alignment) and assuming it is approved by SPAD, the alignment will then be fixed,” Loader said.
Currently, there are 43 permanent and temporary public inspection booths, of which 17 are located in Johor. The public inspection ends on Jan 31, 2018.
For further information on the ongoing public inspection and locations of booths, the public can visit www.myhsr.com.my.
The HSR, with a total estimated alignment of 328km, will have eight stations ?in Bandar Malaysia, Bangi-Putrajaya, Seremban, Melaka, Muar, Batu Pahat, Iskandar Puteri and Jurong East (Singapore). - Bernama