Selangor yet to approve ECRL land acquisition as project on hold, says exco

DAWN CHAN

SHAH ALAM: Selangor has yet to grant land approval for the implementation of the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) mega project involving several areas in the state.

Ng Sze Han (DAP-Kinrara), at the state assembly today, said this was because the project has been put on hold by the federal government.

“For now, there are also no discussions being done between both the state and federal governments," he said today.

Ng was answering a question from Elizabeth Wong (PKR-Bukit Lanjan), who wanted to know about the latest development on the ECRL project in the state and whether any discussion has been held with the federal government since May 9.

Ng, who is the local government, public transportation and new village development exco, explained that should the federal government proceeded with the ECRL project, the Malaysia Rail Link Sdn Bhd (MRL) would have to adhere to conditions and needs stipulated by the state government.

The state government, said Ng, will request that ECRL’s route to be constructed parallel to the existing Karak Highway and it should be elevated at areas that involves the Permatang Quarts.

“MRL must also resolve the relocation of the Orang Asli community in Gombak. The forest reserve and Malay reserve lands, especially near the Integrated Transport Terminal (ITT), must be given attention. An action plan must be prepared such as land swapping.

“MRL must also handle and resolve complaints affecting villagers and MRL must get the principle approval from the state government and present a government consultation application under Section 20A of the Town and Country Planning Act 1976 (Act 1972),” said Ng.

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, at the end of his official trip to China recently, had announced that the ECRL project, spanning 688km, running from Port Klang and Kota Baru, would be axed.

However, several days later, he said studies were still being done on whether to halt the project or deal with it some other way. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd