Melaka to Build Four New Roads to Boost Sea Transport Connectivity

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“Melaka state government plans four new roads, including Coastal Highway and key port connections, to enhance sea transportation infrastructure.”

Melaka, 09th July 2024, 12.03pm – The Melaka state government is set to construct four new roads to enhance its sea transportation system.

Datuk Hameed Mytheen Kunju Basheer, chairman of the State Public Works, Infrastructure, Public Amenities, and Transport Committee, stated that these roads will connect to key ports and jetties, including Tanjung Bruas Port in Tanjung Kling, KMB Jetty, and new ports in the Straits of Melaka Waterfront Economic Zone (SM-WEZ).

The state plans to construct a new road and upgrade the current route from the Bukit Rambai Industrial Park junction to Tanjung Bruas Port, with an estimated cost of RM428.37 million under Rolling Plan 1 (RP1) of the 13th Malaysia Plan (RMK13).

“The proposed Coastal Highway Project for the SM-WEZ area will span the Alor Gajah and Melaka Tengah districts, connecting Kuala Linggi, Masjid Tanah, Sungai Udang, Klebang, Limbongan, Jalan Pantai, Syed Abdul Aziz Bridge, Alai, Telok Mas, and Melaka city,” said Datuk Hameed Mytheen Kunju Basheer during the Melaka state assembly sitting at Seri Negeri today.

He added that the feasibility study, completed in 2013, estimated the road to be 52.3 kilometres long with a projected cost of RM3.622 billion.

Responding to Tuminah Kadi @ Mohd Hashim (BN-Pantai Kundor) regarding the state’s readiness to enhance road transport to support sea transport, Hameed revealed that Phase 1 of the Coastal Highway Project, part of RP5 of RMK12, entails constructing a four-lane road from Hatten City to Semabok at a cost of RM500 million.

He also outlined plans to upgrade Jalan Tun Hamzah, from the Road Transport Department (JPJ) junction to the Alor Gajah-Melaka Tengah-Jasin (AMJ) Semabok junction, with a budget of RM300 million. This project, approved under RP3 of RMK12, is currently in the road design phase by the Public Works Department (JKR).

“In the Linggi Port area, the state plans to build a RM125 million road from Kuala Linggi to Ayer Molek in Masjid Tanah. This project, approved under RP4 of RMK12, is currently in the survey phase by JKR,” he added.

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