KUANTAN (Nov 14): The construction of the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) project, scheduled for completion in December 2026, had reached a progress rate of 25.09% as of October, said Deputy Finance Minister I Mohd Shahar Abdullah.
He said he is optimistic that the megaproject, involving a 665km rail network, will be completed as scheduled.
"The contractor has shown a good performance — some packages are ahead of schedule, some are on track," he told reporters after presenting prizes for the Discover ECRL Paya Besar 2021 Photography Competition here on Saturday (Nov 13).
Mohd Shahar, who is the Paya Besar Member of Parliament, said in Pahang, the construction of the ECRL project is now more than 28% completed, with the construction of major structures such as tunnels and bridges running smoothly.
He added that the construction of piles and pillars for the 3.88km Super Major Bridge, a major structure under the construction phase in Paya Besar, is also progressing well.
"Once completed, it will enable the ECRL to cross flood risk areas, as well as Sungai Kuantan and Jalan Kuantan Sungai Lembing," he said, adding that seven ECRL stations will be built in Pahang, namely Cherating, Kuantan Port City, KotaSAS, Paya Besar, Maran, Temerloh and Bentong.
Meanwhile, he said the project, which includes passenger and cargo stations, is also being carefully implemented to ensure environmental sustainability by using various techniques and technologies to minimise deforestation.
At the ceremony, Hamzi Faiz Muhammad took home RM2,500 after winning the photography competition, while the second and third places went to B Velu Swamy and Mohd Faris Saffiq Sa'adon, who took home RM1,500 and RM1,000 respectively.
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