Three separate task force to see to mega projects

  • Metro News
  • Tuesday, 28 Jul 2020

A proposal to build a walkway for pedestrians along the Johor Causeway, with covered escalators, is expected to cost RM30mil. — Filepic

JOHOR BARU: Johor plans to set up three separate task force to see to the smooth progress of mega projects in the state.

These involve the Rapid Transit System (RTS), Kuala Lumpur- Singapore High Speed Rail (HSR) projects and upgrading works at both the Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) complexes.

State public works, infrastructure and transportation committee chairman Mohd Solihan Badri said the three task force would ensure the relevant agencies coordinate and implement the projects well.

He said the projects cost billions of ringgit and as such it was important for state and federal agencies to work together.

“Besides RTS and HSR, we will set up a task force for upgrading works at both the CIQ complexes,” he said in an interview, adding that the cost for this was RM84mil.

The two CIQ complexes are located at the Johor Causeway and Second Link.

He said he would head all the three task force, with members comprising district officers and from the land office, local councils, public works department, enforcement agencies and others.

“We want to prevent any hiccups or delays in the implementation of the mega projects in Johor,” said Mohd Solihan.

He said although funding for the projects was from the Federal Government, the state had to ensure the necessary approval and land acquisition matters were done smoothly.

The RTS project that will see the agreement signed by the end of the month, spans 4km from Bukit Chagar in Johor Baru to Woodlands in Singapore, with a capacity to move 10,000 passengers an hour.

He said an initial meeting was held with Johor officials to discuss the alignment of the HSR project that was expected to be finalised by September.

“We will wait for the official announcement for the implementation of the project which will be announced soon,” he said, adding that in Johor the HSR stations would be in Iskandar Puteri and Pagoh.

On the proposal to build a walkway for pedestrians along the Johor Causeway, Mohd Solihan said to instal covered escalators over a distance of 350m would cost RM30mil.

“We will wait for the budget before deciding on this,” he said, adding that Singapore was keen to have a similar walkway on their side.

He hoped the funds would be allocated soon as now was the best time to build the walkway, with less traffic on the Causeway due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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