Many expected to gain from RTS project

JOHOR BARU: The Johor Baru-Singapore Rapid Transit System Link (RTS) project is an important development for the success of Ibrahim International Business District (IIBD), said its chairman Datuk Kamaruzzaman Abu Kassim.

He said IIBD would benefit from the RTS project as it was located next to the proposed station.

“It will also benefit people from the two countries, while facilitating the movement of tourists into Johor.

“We see a lot of potential in the project, such as boosting tourist arrivals and promoting the tourism industry here, including eco-tourism and healthcare tourism,” he said.

Kamaruzzaman, who is also Johor Corporation (JCorp) president and chief executive officer, said this when met after a panel dialogue session on IIBD Blueprint gazettement.

It was reported that the project may be shelved indefinitely after Malaysia requested for a six-month deadline extension to respond to Singapore on matters related to it.

It is learnt that if the project was shelved, Malaysia will have to pay Singapore compensation, which is expected to run into millions as work has begun in the republic.

The project agreement, signed in early 2018, was initially scheduled for construction this year and expected to be completed by December 2024.

It will cover 4km of rail between Bukit Chagar, Johor Baru and Woodlands, Singapore, with the capacity to ferry 10,000 passengers an hour.

The RTS Link project will run above ground in Johor and

on a 25m-high bridge track

across the straits before travelling underground to Woodlands North.

Commuters are expected to spend about 30 minutes to travel and clear Customs and Immigration.

Based on a study by SPAD in 2016, an average of 4,000 buses, 52,000 cars and 72,000 motorcycles spend at least an hour to get across the Causeway.

On another matter, Kamaruz-zaman said IIBD planned to increase its engagement with all stakeholders involved in the development, especially the local community.

“We need to engage more with all stakeholders on matters pertaining to IIBD so that all will have access to the development, not just on the physical aspects but also on a deeper level.

“This is a big plan that will take time and we hope the locals will be patient and be involved in it as IIBD is part of a plan for city dwellers,” he said.

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