JOHOR BARU: The groundbreaking ceremony for the Rapid Transit System Link (RTS) project was carried out at the Bukit Chagar Immigration, Customs and Quarantine (ICQ) site here on Sunday (Nov 22).
The ceremony was witnessed via online conference by Johor Ruler Sultan Ibrahim ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar, Tengku Mahkota Johor Tunku Ismail Ibni Sultan Ibrahim, Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Hasni Mohammad and state secretary Datuk Azmi Rohani, who were at Istana Bukit Serene.
Also witnessing the ceremony online was Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.
Meanwhile, present at the site were Transport Ministry secretary-general Datuk Isham Ishak and MRT Corp chief executive officer Datuk Mohd Zarif Hashim.
The ceremony marks the start of the construction for the mega project, which covers 4km and is expected to go on until 2026.
Once completed, the journey between the Bukit Chagar station here and the Woodlands North station in Singapore will only take five minutes.
The RTS can ferry up to 288,000 people per day.
Malaysia, through the Transport Ministry, will finance RM3.715bil or 39% of the total cost of the project, with the balance to be borne by Singapore.
Those commuting via the RTS Link will only require Immigration clearance at the point of departure, which would either be Bukit Chagar in Johor Baru or Woodlands in Singapore.
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