Proposed realignment of ECRL stretch to be opened for public feedback

PETALING JAYA: The proposed realignment of a stretch of the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) project from Kota Bharu, Kelantan to Dungun, Terengganu will be revealed for public feedback for three months beginning Nov 25.

The proposed realignment will see the 210.4km stretch of the project repositioned from coastal areas to inland regions, with two stations proposed in Kelantan (Kota Bharu and Pasir Puteh) and four stations in Terengganu (Jerteh, Bandar Permaisuri, Kuala Terengganu and Dungun).

The stretch, called Section A, will consist of a 210.4km long mainline with six passenger/freight stations, and a proposed 14.4km spur line which would link the Kelantan line to the Tok Bali port.

Malaysia Rail Link (MRL) Sdn Bhd CEO Darwis Abdul Razak said the realignment would mean lower costs for the development of the project following a value engineering exercise.

Darwis said the Land Public Transport Agency (Apad) had given MRL conditional approval for this on Nov 4, while land survey works are being conducted to ensure that the route is prepared for construction.

He added that the ECRL’s overall completion rate is currently at 12.86% compared to 10.18% in June, with tunnel and viaduct works along the Dungun-Mentakab stretch proceeding as planned.

Members of the public will be able to give feedback on the plan at the Kuala Lumpur Apad headquarters from Nov 25 to Feb 24, 2020.

Inspection booths in Kelantan and Terengganu will also be operating from time to time during the three-month period, with specific dates to be announced.