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The mega project of ECRL (East Coast Rail Link)

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The ECRL, or Laluan Rel Pantai Timur, is a mega infrastructure project to connect Port Klang in Selangor, Malaysia to Kota Bharu in Kelantan, passing through the East Coast Economic Region (ECER) states of Pahang, Terengganu, and Kelantan. The rail link is expected to span over 600 kilometres and will feature a standard gauge double-track railway line.

The ECRL project is designed to enhance transportation connectivity and stimulate economic growth in the ECER states. It is also expected to support the development of new industries and businesses and facilitate the movement of goods and people throughout the region.

The project is being developed by Malaysia Rail Link Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of Malaysia’s Ministry of Finance. The ECRL project has faced some delays and controversy since its announcement, but it is expected to be completed in phases, with the first phase scheduled to be operational by 2027.

The ECRL project is a major infrastructure investment by the Malaysian government, with an estimated cost of RM 68 billion (approximately USD 16 billion). The project has the potential to transform the economic landscape of the ECER states, which have historically lagged behind the more developed regions of Malaysia, such as the Klang Valley and Penang.

In addition to providing a modern and efficient rail link, the ECRL project is also expected to create thousands of jobs in the construction, operation, and maintenance of the railway line. The project is also expected to boost tourism in the ECER states, as it will provide easier access to popular destinations such as the islands of Terengganu and the Cameron Highlands in Pahang.

The ECRL project has faced some criticism and controversy since its announcement, with concerns raised about its cost and potential impact on the environment and local communities. However, the Malaysian government has stated that it is committed to ensuring that the project is developed in a sustainable and responsible manner, with proper safeguards in place to protect the environment and the rights of local communities.

Overall, the ECRL project is a significant undertaking that has the potential to bring about significant economic and social benefits to the ECER states and Malaysia as a whole. Its successful completion will depend on careful planning, effective project management, and close collaboration between the government, private sector, and local communities.

To learn more about the Project, view this video.

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