ECRL project in Kelantan approaches 80%, track installation set for Q4 2024

THE progress status of the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) project in Kelantan has reached 79.81% as of May 2024, according to the Transport Ministry (MOT).

MOT said the progress of the work involved the bridge structures, where 428 out of 468 beam launching spans had been installed on the main line and construction work for both stations in Kelantan had also started.

“In addition, track installation work in Kelantan is expected to begin in the fourth quarter of 2024 using a track laying machine,” the ministry stated on the Parliament website yesterday (July 10).

This was in reply to a query from Pasir Puteh MP Nik Zawawi Salleh, who wanted to know the progress status of the ECRL project in Kelantan and plans to ensure its positive economic impact.

MOT said the 665km ECRL project is a rail infrastructure project that will connect the states on the east coast with the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia, namely Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang and Selangor.

“As of May 2024, the overall progress status of this project has reached 67.09%,” it said.

MOT said PLANMalaysia, through the East Coast Rail Line Integrated Land Use Master Plan (PeGTaECRL), will map out the land use development along the ECRL alignment and around the station including the development of the Economic Accelerator Project investment.

It said the detailed proposed plan in the PeGTaECRL for Kelantan involves two ECRL stations, namely the Kota Bharu and Pasir Puteh stations.

“Among the main proposals for the ECRL stations in Kelantan will be the development of Bandar Baru Tunjong, a new township for the Ketereh area.

“While in Pasir Puteh, the proposed development of a logistics hub as well as the proposed land port in Bandar Baru Tok Bali will strengthen the Pasir Puteh station as a cargo hub for Kelantan and northern Terengganu,” said MOT. – July 11, 2024

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