Coastal highway alignment to be reviewed

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 11 Jun 2014

KUALA LUMPUR: The road alignment for the West Coast Expressway (WCE), which connects Taiping in Perak and Banting in Selangor, will be reviewed.

Works Minister Datuk Fadillah Yusof said the Government would relook the initial alignment that involved the stretch passing through Sungai Besar, Sabak Bernam and Tanjung Karang in Selangor after getting feedback from the public.

“We are reviewing this urgently and the new plan will have to be resubmitted to the Selangor govern­ment,” he said after opening the fifth edition of the Asean M&E (Mechanical, Electrical and Engi­neering) Show 2014 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre yesterday.

Organised by UBM Malaysia, the show features 350 exhibiting companies from 25 countries and will welcome over 10,000 industry players and professionals from 50 countries.

Fadillah said the WCE project was expected to be completed by 2017.

In Perak, the expressway would run through several growth centres, including Hutan Melintang, Bagan Datoh, Teluk Intan, Lekir, Setiawan, Parit and Trong.

Fadillah said the Government would fork out RM1.35bil for Perak and Selangor while the private sector would contribute RM5.04bil.

He said the WCE, when completed, would help alleviate traffic congestion along the North-South Expressway, especially during festive periods.

“It will also open better economic opportunities,” he said.

On the Central Spine Highway that will link Kota Baru and Kuala Krai in Kelantan, he said the first package of the project had been awarded while the tender process had kicked off for the second package.

On the proposed cessation of Touch ‘n’ Go rebate, Fadillah said the Finance Ministry was expected to make an announcement on this in the second half of the year.

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