Mega projects being implemented in southern peninsular Malaysia are expected to herald in economic progress to Johor this year and over the next few years.

JOHOR BARU: The RM9.43bil electrified double-tracking project between Gemas and Johor Baru, which has been delayed by almost a year, is scheduled to start by the end of this month.

State Public Works, Rural and Regional Development Committee chairman Datuk Hasni Mohammad expects the project to be completed in 48 months.

“We have resolved the major issues that include relocating most of the 930 squatters and 11 places of worship.

“We just have to finalise the moving of some utilities,” he said.

Hasni said work along the 192km stretch includes widening 29 road crossing bridges, 59 bridges across rivers and 11 pedestrian crossings.

“In Johor Baru alone there are three major road crossings – Jalan Dewata in Larkin, Kebun Teh and Ungku Mossin – that will be widened from two to four lanes,” he told reporters after visiting the Larkin crossing for a briefing on the project yesterday.

The project has been awarded to CRCC-CREC-CCCC Consortium Sdn Bhd while SIPP Rail Sdn Bhd and Syarikat Pembinaan YTL Sdn Bhd are the sub-contractors for the project.

“Under the agreement, 50% of the contract value must be given to local contractors. Out of this, 30% must be allocated to bumiputra contractors,” he added.

The state government expects 150 local contractors to benefit from this project.

Source: The Star Online