ECRL Project in Kelantan Nears 80% Completion, Track Installation to Begin Soon

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ECRL project in Kelantan reaches 79.81% completion, with track installation set to start in Q4, boosting economic development and connectivity in the region.”

Melaka, 11th July 2024, 14.35pm – As of May, the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) project in Kelantan has achieved 79.81% completion, according to the Ministry of Transport (MOT). The MOT reported that 428 out of 468 beam launching spans for bridge structures on the main line have been installed, and construction work has commenced for both stations in Kelantan.

“Furthermore, track installation work in Kelantan is anticipated to commence in the fourth quarter using a track laying machine,” the ministry stated on the Parliament website on Wednesday. This was in response to a query from Datuk Dr. Nik Muhammad Zawawi Salleh (Perikatan Nasional-Pasir Puteh) regarding the status of the ECRL project in Kelantan and the plan to ensure economic benefits for the local population once the ECRL becomes operational.

The 665km East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) project aims to connect the East Coast states of Kelantan, Terengganu, and Pahang with the West Coast state of Selangor. As of May, the project’s overall progress was at 67.09%. The Ministry of Transport (MOT) mentioned that PLANMalaysia will use the ECRL Integrated Land Use Master Plan to outline land use development along the ECRL route and around its stations, including the establishment of Economic Accelerator Projects.

“The detailed proposal in the master plan for Kelantan includes two ECRL stations: Kota Bharu and Pasir Puteh.

“For the ECRL stations in Kelantan, key proposals include developing Bandar Baru Tunjong, a new township in the Ketereh area, and establishing a logistics hub and land port in Bandar Baru Tok Bali, enhancing the Pasir Puteh station as a cargo hub for Kelantan and northern Terengganu,” stated the MOT.

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