PETALING JAYA: MyHSR Corp Sdn Bhd, the government’s project delivery vehicle for the Kuala Lumpur- Singapore High Speed Rail (HSR) project, has launched two tenders to appoint consultants for the project to assist with regulatory submissions to the relevant authorities.
The two separate tenders are for the appointment of the Section 4 (S.4) Land Consultant and the Environmental, Social and Heritage Impact Assessment Consultant.
MyHSR Corp said deliverables from both sets of consultants will form part of the regulatory process as prescribed by the Land Public Transport Act 2010 (Act 715).
The S.4 (Act 486) Land Acquisition Plan and Land Acquisition Plan booklet as well as the Environmental Impact Assessment will be displayed to the public during the requisite Railway Scheme Public Inspection process planned for early next year.
MyHSR Corp chief executive officer Datuk Mohd Nor Ismal Mohamed Kamal encouraged local firms with relevant experience to participate in the tenders to provide expertise and assist on the land acquisition, environmental, social and the heritage impact assessment activities.
“These activities are a critical precursor component for the project and have significant impact to the overall delivery of the KL-Singapore HSR project.
“The ensuing S.4 gazettement of a corridor width of 500 meters will facilitate additional works for the project, such as soil investigation and utility mapping, which will allow further refinement of the HSR alignment prior to the land acquisition exercise, ” he said in a statement.
He added that the planned environmental, social and heritage impact assessments will identify the potential sensitive receptors along the project corridor and mitigation measures will be proposed to minimise the impacts.
CGS-CIMB Research infrastructure analyst Sharizan Rosely told StarBiz that the tenders are preliminary consultancy tenders as part of preparatory items ahead of the targeted alignment display next year.
“It can be viewed as a positive sign that things are progressing somewhat.
“They need consultants to review and relook at the original land required for the HSR if indeed it needed changes, ” he said.
The government had recently announced that it would continue discussions with the Singapore government on the HSR, following its decision to resume the project recently.
The project was suspended in 2018 for the Malaysian government to identify opportunities to reduce the cost of the project.
The Economic Planning Unit, under the Prime Minister’s Department and MyHSR Corp were tasked to identify these cost reduction options while maintaining the socio-economic benefits to be generated by the HSR project.
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