Klang Valley double-tracking project to be revived, says Loke

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PETALING JAYA: The second phase of a double-tracking project for the KTM Komuter railway lines upgrading project will be revived, Transport Minister Loke Siew Fook said today.

“We will make the announcement soon (to pave) the way forward for the project. But how soon, we need to wait as there are some processes that I have to follow as well. That part, once we are ready, we will make the announcement, but definitely that (the project) is in the pipeline,” he told Bernama in an interview today.

Loke was a guest on Bernama News Channel’s interview programme The Nation.

He remained mum about the number of companies who have shown interest in the project, to rehabilitate KTM tracks from Salak South to Seremban and from Kuala Lumpur to Port Klang, a total distance of 211 kilometres.

The project was originally awarded by the previous government to Dhaya Maju-LTAT Sdn Bhd, a joint-venture between Lembaga Tabung Angkatan Tentera and Dhaya Maju Infrastructure (Asia) Sdn Bhd, with a contract value of RM5.265 billion

The new Pakatan Harapan government cancelled the project last September, citing its high cost, long completion period of over seven years, and the manner in which the contracts were awarded via direct negotiation.

New ruling on tinted windows

A new ruling on tinted windows for vehicles will be announced tomorrow, after discussions with the Road Transport Department (JPJ). “Yes, we have had talks with JPJ, and I will announce the new ruling tomorrow at a press conference,” he said.

Last November, Loke had announced that there would be a new policy on tinted windows. Anyone seeking exemption from the new ruling must obtain authorisation from the JPJ director-general, where additional charges will be imposed.

The exemption would be granted on grounds of either health or safety. Extra charges would be imposed only for those seeking an exemption.