KOTA BARU (May 10): Residents in the East Coast, including Kelantan, will reportedly have world-class public transportation once the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) project is completed in December 2026.

The 665km rail network, which includes 59 tunnels, is estimated to cost RM50.27 billion and will traverse four states, namely Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang and Selangor.

Malaysian Rail Link (MRL) regional construction manager (Section 1, 2, and 3) Wan Adnan Wan Mat said that the progress of the ECRL in Kelantan had reached 21.58% as of March this year.

"For Kelantan, the ECRL alignment is 43.86km and the project is running smoothly according to the schedule.

"Alhamdulillah (thanks to Allah), the implementation of the ECRL project in Kelantan has received good cooperation from the state government and other government agencies," Wan Adnan said in an interview with Bernama and RTM recently.

Elaborating further, he said infrastructure work involving the ECRL project in Kelantan involve 26 bridges, 13 of which cross roads and the others rivers.

"In Kelantan, the design of the project and rail line took into account 100-year flood level projections. For example, during last year's floods, there was no adverse impact on the implementation of the project in the state.

According to Wan Adnan, the project's workforce comprises some 50% locals so far, thus approaching the 70% target set.

For the record, Kelantan will have two ECRL stations, namely the passenger station in Tunjong, Kota Baru as well as the passenger and cargo station in Pasir Puteh.

The ECRL service, which is expected to be operational in January 2027, can accommodate 5.6 million passengers annually, while each trip can accommodate 440 passengers involving six carriages.

 The project is also expected to cut travel time between Kota Baru and the Klang Valley from the current eight hours to just four hours.

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