JOHOR BAHRU: Construction work for the Gemas-Johor Bahru electric double-tracking rail project will kick off later this month, with the expansion of Jalan Dewata, Larkin, here, from two to four lanes.
State Public Works, Rural and Regional Development Committee chairman Hasni Mohammad said the rail project, which was due to begin on Jan 1 last year, had to be postponed to make way for land survey and acquisition.
“The new date announced by the transport ministry for the project to commence is Jan 1, 2018, with the construction work to take 48 months, and expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2021.
“The project was postponed due to some constraints at the design stage and to obtain feedback from the community.
“Alhamdulillah, the preliminary works have begun and the construction is expected to start at the end of this month,” he told reporters after visiting the road expansion site here today.
He said the RM9.43 billion rail project, handled by China contractors China Railway Construction Corp, China Railway Engineering Corp and China Communication Construction Consortium Sdn Bhd, would also provide opportunities to 150 high-performing Bumiputera contractors.
“Interested local contractors may register their companies with Keretapi Tanah Melayu Bhd,” Hasni added.
He said the project would cover a distance of 192km and involve 29 overhead bridges and one underpass.
“It will also involve 59 river bridges, 135 drainage and sewerage system areas and 11 pedestrian walkways.
“These matters need to be taken into account for planning traffic control during the construction work.”