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Thursday February 7, 2008

Highway project to commence soon

THE much-awaited 40km long South Klang Valley Expressway linking Nilai to Pulau Indah, Port Klang is expected to commence soon.

Works Minister Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu said work on the project would start after an agreement between the bankers and the contractors are signed in mid-February this year.

Samy Vellu however declined to say how much the cost for the expressway would be because negotiations were still ongoing between the Malaysian Highway Authority and parties involved.

The expressway stretches from Pulau Indah in Klang to Nilai and passes through Pulau Carey, the North South Central Link Expressway (Elite) and links up with the Putrajaya highway at the Kajang interchange.

Samy was speaking at a press conference after opening Duromac (M) Sdn Bhd’s new premises at Bandar Kinrara, Puchong on Monday.

Having a go: Samy Vellu riding on the Industrial Powersweeper after opening Duromac (M) Sdn Bhd. With him is Duromac director, Brig Jen (R) Datuk Zainal Abdul Rahman (left) and Duromac managing director Arul Das (right).

Duromac is involved in supplying road sweepers for highways and main roads located in major towns in the country.

It had been reported last year that Muhibbah Engineering (M) Bhd had secured the project to construct the expressway worth RM1.1bil.

Samy Vellu said machines such as road sweepers helped to keep streets and highways cleaner compared to it being done manually.

He said clean highways bode well for Malaysia because it is a major factor in ensuring that tourists continued visiting the country. “The cleaner it is, more tourists will return to visit the country,” he said