GEMAS-JOHOR BAHARU DOUBLE TRACKING PROJECT TO BE TENDERED OUT BY YEAR-END, SAYS MINISTER

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KUALA LUMPUR, July 26 (Bernama) -- The tender for the 197-kilometre

Gemas-Johor Baharu electrified double tracking project (EDTP) will be done

before year-end,Transport Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha said today.

The stretch is already in the final stage of design, he said, but

declined to state if the tender would be open to foreign parties.

"The Ipoh-Padang Besar and Seremban-Gemas lines are 70 and 90 per cent

complete respectively," he added, after officiating a forum on

"Powering the Rails in Malaysia," here.

The Gemas-Johor Baharu sector is the final package for the EDTP.

It was previously stated that the Gemas-Johor Baharu line is worth RM7

billion because it does not only comprise the building of a double-tracking

system but also a transport hub with a capacity to rival the Mass Rapid Transit

(MRT)in Singapore.

Kong said the rail sector is poised to emerge as a catalyst in the rapidly

changing landscape of Malaysia''s public transportation system once all the

projects comes to a conclusion.

He said the EDTP in the northern section is slated for completion at

end-2013 and the line to Johor by 2016.

Asked if the Komuter Service would be extended from Batu Caves to Selayang,

he said the government is considering the possibility.

"There has been a request from the public for the extension. At the moment

we are still looking at the possibility. There will be a long term need for it

and the extension is seen as the most viable," he added. -- BERNAMA

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