SEREMBAN: Several tunnels will be built along the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) route running through Negri Sembilan with the project scheduled to start in the third quarter of next year, said Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Aminuddin Harun.
Nilai is also confirmed as the second ECRL stop in the state, he said.
“The state exco was briefed on this by officials from the Malaysia Rail Link Sdn Bhd. We were also told that the station, which will provide both passenger and freight services will be located near Nilai 3, ” he told reporters after chairing the state exco meeting at Wisma Negri yesterday.
Asked how many tunnels would be built along the route in the state, Aminuddin said there would be both short and long ones but he could not state the exact number.
The only other ECRL stop in the state would be built near Kuala Klawang in Jelebu.
During the state assembly sitting on Aug 27, Aminuddin said Nilai was still being considered as one of the stops for the route.
The proposal was raised during a meeting between the state government and Malaysia Rail Link Sdn Bhd (MRL) on Aug 8.
Aminuddin said the Nilai station would also be turned into a transportation hub.
Asked who owned the land where the proposed ECRL station in Nilai would be built, Aminuddin replied: “The government owns some of it and there are also individual and private owners.”
On a separate matter, Aminuddin said the Stadium Tunku Abdul Rahman (Star) in Paroi near here has been certified safe by the Public Works Department and the Fire and Rescue Department.
He was asked to respond to a statement by the Fire and Rescue Department’s fire safety division building safety certification section chief Zamri Che Din who claimed that 13 stadiums in the country have not been issued a code compliance certificate.
Zamri was quoted as saying that these facilities were over 20 years old and failed to comply with safety features including wiring, security exits and early fire prevention.