Nilai being considered for ECRL station, assembly told

Negeri Sembilan Menteri Besar Aminuddin Harun.

SEREMBAN: Nilai is being considered as one of the stations in the proposed East Coast Rail Link project, aside from Kuala Klawang in Jelebu.

Negeri Sembilan Menteri Besar Aminuddin Harun said the proposal was raised during a meeting between the State Government and project owner Malaysia Rail Link Sdn Bhd on Aug 8.

He told the State Assembly today that the state government was informed that the ECRL route had not been finalised and studies were needed on the social, environmental and operational impact, service level, unity and integration aspect, costs, and challenges in the implementation.

“The first session of the discussion on the selected route was held with MRL on Aug 8. MRL had proposed a route that includes two stations in Negeri Sembilan, at Kuala Klawang and Nilai.

“There will be a briefing on the latest route for state executive councillors on Sept 18,” he said in response to Yap Yew Weng (DAP-Mambau) during the second sitting of the second term of the 14th State Legislative Assembly here today.

Aminuddin who is also Sikamat assemblyman said various benefits would be derived from the ECRL development such as employment opportunities in construction and transportation, as well as economic growth for Jelebu.

“The business environment will also be transformed, with the influx of workers. It will open more opportunities for small and medium economies besides increasing demand for food, housing, shops and transportation.

“Aside from that, the project could also be a catalyst for the tourism sector in Jelebu and at the same time promote existing ecotourism products such as the Kenaboi State Park and other forest eco parks,” he said.

Opposition leader Mohamad Hasan (BN-Rantau) proposed that the Nilai ECRL station be turned into an integrated transport hub.

“We want to propose to the state government to take into account the Malaysia Vision Valley 2.0 (MVV 2.0) development as there was in the initial plan, a station in the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore high-speed rail (HSR) project that had been approved as a station of international standard.

“We propose that the Nilai station be made an integrated transport hub and if possible, for the ECRL line to be extended to enable east coast passengers to reach Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) directly,” he said.