ECRL project to be relaunched today

DUNGUN: The East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) project will be relaunched by Transport Minister Loke Siew Fook at the Dungun Tunnel site, Rimba Bandar Bukit Bauk, here today.

The event, scheduled for 11am, will be attended by Terengganu Menteri Besar Ahmad Samsuri Mokhtar.

Loke previously said the relaunch of the ECRL project would create a larger function and scope for local companies.

The project was 15% complete when it was put on hold in July last year.

The cost of Phase I and II was reduced to RM44 billion from the original RM65.5 billion following negotiations between the government and developer.

The new route is also shorter by 40km, meaning a total length of 648km instead of 688km. It will run from Kota Bahru through Mentakab, Jelebu, Kuala Kelawang, Bangi/Kajang, Putrajaya and end at Port Klang.