MRL urges Selangor govt to decide on ECRL alignment to prevent further delays

PUTRAJAYA: The Malaysia Rail Link Sdn Bhd (MRL) has urged the Selangor government to decide on the alignment of the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL), so that the project will not be further delayed.

Its chairman Tan Sri Mohd Zuki Ali (pic) said the project has already been delayed for 12 months.

"The delay in Selangor making its decision on the alignment of ECRL in the state is costing the government RM1.25mil a day," he told reporters at the launching of his book titled "Mohd Zuki Ali 365 days: Aspirations and Challenges".

Asked if the state government will be given a deadline to make its decision, Mohd Zuki, who is also the Chief Secretary to the Government, said the MRL is hoping for Selangor to decide soon.

"The project is expected to be completed in 2026, but because of this (delay), it will be hard to ensure the deadline is met," he added.

According to reports, Selangor executive councillor for infrastructure and public amenities Izham Hashim said that the state is adamant on defending its stand for the rail network to traverse via a southern route across Negri Sembilan and Putrajaya.

This is as opposed to the northern route via Gombak and Serendah that was announced recently.

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