Perak proposes new highway linking Tanjung Malim and Lumut

PARIT BUNTAR: The Finance Ministry has registered a proposal for a new highway connecting Tanjung Malim and Lumut.

Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Saarani Mohamad (pic) said the highway was needed to facilitate export logistics services through the Lumut Maritime Industrial City (Lumic) when the High Technology Automotive Valley (AHTV) project in Tanjung Malim starts operating.

"If the products produced at Lumic are sent to Port Klang (Selangor), it will create further congestion... that's why we want to empower Lumut Port.

"We want this highway project to be built at the same time as the AHTV so once factories are operational, products can be sent directly via the new highway," he said after launching a 50MW solar power plant and handing over Perak Sejahtera Housing Loan offer letters to 30 squatter residents at the Sungai Kerian reserve here on Tuesday (April 16).

Saarani said the registration of the proposed highway by the Finance Ministry was a follow-up to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's recent visit to Perak.

"We provided a list of 10 things to the Prime Minister for implementation in Perak for consideration at federal level.

"We understand that the Finance Ministry has registered the highway as a priority project and the Economic Planning Unit will study its implementation," he said.

Meanwhile, commenting on the solar energy power plant, Saarani said the solar farm, which costs RM250mil with a capacity of 50MW, is capable of generating green energy for 25,000 households, reducing 100,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions.

He said the construction of the solar farm is in line with the Green Technology Agenda (Solar and Hydro) in the Prosperous Perak Development Plan 2030.

"It is an initial step to make the Kerian district a high-tech and green development hub as planned by the government in developing the Kerian Integrated Green Industrial Park (KIGIP)," he said. – Bernama

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