KOTA BHARU: The Kelantan government has welcomed Putrajaya’s decision to continue with the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) project, saying it will have a major impact on the people of the state.
Menteri Besar Ahmad Yakob said two rail stations — at Kota Bharu and at Tok Bali in Pasir Puteh — would be built in the state as part of the rail link.
“We see this decision as having a big impact on the people in Kelantan, especially in providing employment opportunities in various fields related to construction and transportation,” he said in a statement here today.
Ahmad said the ECRL project, which would enable a variety of goods to be transported on a large scale, would also increase the tempo of Kelantan’s economic development.
He said this would indirectly change the entrepreneurial landscape to become more conducive and competitive for all Malaysians.
“If the ECRL is managed well and follows the actual standards, it will give Malaysia another international-class facility to propel it to become a developed nation,” he said.
On Friday, the Prime Minister’s Office announced that the ECRL project would resume at a reduced construction cost of RM44 billion.
The construction cost for Phase 1 and 2 of the project was brought down by RM21.5 billion from the original sum of RM65.5 billion.
The reduction was achieved after Malaysia Rail Link Sdn Bhd signed a supplementary agreement with China Communications Construction Company Ltd.