Gemas-JB electric double tracking project can increase development in Renggam: Maszlee

28 Oct 2018 / 20:55 H.

KLUANG: The Gemas-Johor Bahru Electric Double Tracking Project, which also passes through Renggam, is believed to be able to enhance the development and economy of the area.
Simpang Renggam MP Dr Maszlee Malik said once the project is completed in 2021, it would completely change the landscape of the town which is now considered a 'dead' or zombie' town.
"When the railway station 'comes to life', the town of Renggam will become a new town and not remain a 'dead town'.
"Thank you to the MOT (Ministry of Transport) and YTL (contractor) who are listening to our (Renggam people) voices," he said during the project's public briefing in Renggam today.
Also present were the project's team leader Noor Azman Ramlee and Renggam Penghulu Asmi Mislan.
Maszlee, who is also Education Minister, said that job opportunities would most certainly be available during the construction period and afterwards, and requested residents to remain patient for the next three years till its completion.
Meanwhile, Noor Azman said the project, which was 28% complete, was on track, including the transfer of 929 settlements along the route.
He said his team always looked for the best way to develop the RM8.9 billion project, including when it comes to the prevention of landslides.
"Currently the trains are expected to go through 11 stops, but, if there is demand in the future, three more stations will be opened, namely Chamek, Skudai and Tenang," he said.
The project under the Transport Ministry involves a 192-km railway track, which will pass through stations such as Segamat, Kluang, Labis, Bekok, Paloh, Renggam, Layang-Layang, Mengkibol, Kulai and Kempas Baru.
Expected to commence service in October 2021, a trip from KL Sentral – JB Sentral will take approximately three hours and 30 minutes. — Bernama

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