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Gemas-JB ETB To Start At Year-end

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BATU PAHAT: The construction of the 197 km Gemas- Johor Baharu electrified double-tracking project (EDTP) costing about RM7 billion is expected to start at year-end and takes three to five years to complete, Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Abdul Aziz Kaprawi said.

“This is a gift to Johor, for which we would see a 10-fold increase in the train service, and automatically we will be able to use electric trains,” he told reporters after the groundbreaking ceremony of Surau Al-Ikhwan, Taman Pura Kencana, Sri Gading, here today.

He said the project would begin this year-end upon completion of its land acquisition.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak confirmed that the project would proceed, as presented in Budget 2016, during his one-day working visit to Johor Baharu on March 6.

This will complete the electrified double-tracking network to Padang Besar, Perlis and extend it to 58 per cent from 46 per cent of Malaysia’s rail line spanning 1,641.4 km.

The double-tracking rail has a capacity for the train to run at 160 km per hour and an operating speed limit of 140 km per hour.

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