First tunnel-boring machine for ECRL project arrives

PETALING JAYA: The first of two tunnel-boring machines (TBMs) for the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) project has arrived from Shanghai and will be used for excavation works in the construction of the Section C portion of the project, says Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.

The Transport Minister said the delivery was a key milestone in the future of the country’s rail cargo industry as the project was set to be a land bridge linking Port Klang to Kelantan that would also connect communities in the west and east coasts of Peninsular Malaysia.

“Congratulations to Malaysia Rail Link Sdn Bhd (MRL) on the arrival of the first of two TBMs.

“I hope that the excavation works can begin smoothly as soon as possible for the ECRL’s Section C portion after the TBMs are reassembled at the main contractor’s project site in Bentong,” he said in a Facebook post.

The ECRL project is divided into three sections.

Section A stretches from Kota Baru in Kelantan to Dungun in Terengganu, Section B from Dungun to Mentakab in Pahang and Section C from Mentakab to Port Klang.

Dr Wee said based on his visit to the project’s Tunjong base camp in Kota Baru on April 10, project and asset owner MRL and China Communications Construction (ECRL) Sdn Bhd would begin tunnelling operations efficiently while taking the necessary Covid-19 precautions.

The latter company is the project’s engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning contractor.

“We will find the right time to go to Bentong to take a closer look at these incredible machines after they are assembled and ready to operate in the next few months,” he said.In another post earlier, Dr Wee said Land Public Transport Agency (Apad) and Puspakom offices and counters would be temporarily closed in Seremban following the implementation of the enhanced movement control order.

“Beginning July 9 until July 22, the operations of Apad at the Road Transport Department in Seremban will be temporarily closed,” he said.

His Facebook post was accompanied by a notice from Apad which stated that all appointments made during the period would be postponed pending further notice.

He said the Puspakom office in Seremban would also temporarily cease operations during the period.

A notice by Puspakom said all payments made for service appointments during the period would be refunded automatically.

On Thursday, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the entire district of Seremban would be placed under the enhanced MCO for two weeks following a high number of Covid-19 cases there.

He said as at July 4, there were 5,504 active cases in the district, comprising the eight sub-districts of Ampangan, Labu, Lenggeng, Pantai, Rantau, Rasah, Seremban and Setul.

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