ECRL is nearly 21% complete, says Mohd Zuki
07 Mar 2021
JELI (March 7): The East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) project which is expected to be completed in 2026 has reached a progress rate of nearly 21% so far, said Malaysia Rail Link Sdn Bhd (MRL) chairman Tan Sri Mohd Zuki Ali.
Mohd Zuki said although the percentage indicated that the project is ahead of schedule, it is still a long way to go. He added that there are several issues such as land acquisition and site clearance that need to be solved.
“The most critical issue includes the approval from state governments on section A (Kota Bharu to Dungun), B (Dungun to Temerloh) and C (Temerloh to Port Klang), where we are still awaiting the approval from the Selangor state government.
“If we get the approval then the entire ECRL project will be able to be implemented (immediately) and to ensure that it does not fall behind schedule,” he told reporters after visiting the Armed Forces Family Housing (RKAT) project site here today.
Also present was Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Economy) Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed.
On the participation of local contractors in the ECRL project, Mohd Zuki, who is also the Chief Secretary to the Government said it had so far reached 12% of the 40% target set by MRL, adding that more local contractors are expected to participate when the project’s civil works fully opened.