ECRL construction progressing at encouraging rate, says Dr Wee after site inspection

PETALING JAYA: Construction of the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) is progressing at an encouraging rate, standing at 21% complete as at March 2021, says Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong (pic).

The Transport Minister said construction work is currently in full swing and concentrated in Section A (Kota Baru-Dungun) and Section B (Dungun-Mentakab).

"It is estimated that more than 300 work locations covering almost the entire alignment for Sections A and B will commence by the year end.

"We are all looking forward to speedy progress in all the sections of this critical infrastructure for Malaysia's logistics and cargo landscape," he said in a Facebook post Saturday (April 10).

Dr Wee had made an inspection visit to the Tunjong base camp where he was briefed on the progress of the ECRL project in Kota Baru, Kelantan.

Also present were Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Hasbi Habibollah and Transport Ministry secretary-general Datuk Isham Ishak.

Hosted by CCC ECRL Sdn Bhd executive managing director Bai Yinzhan and Malaysia Rail Link Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Datuk Seri Darwis Abdul Razak, Dr Wee toured the concrete batching plant and the yards for steel processing and material storage.

Dr Wee described conditions at the base camp as "a prime example of cleanliness, orderliness, and safety at a professional worksite for a major infrastructure mega project".

"It's easy to see why the 665km ECRL project managed to achieve its first tunnel breakthrough in Paka, Dungun six months ahead of schedule, despite a challenging year due to Covid-19," he said.

When completed, the ECRL will connect three east coast states - Kelantan, Terengganu, and Pahang - and the Klang Valley on the west coast.

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