KUANTAN – On Jan 7, the Kuala Lumpur-Karak Expressway (KLK) and the Genting Sempah Tunnel marked its 40th anniversary as the main route connecting the Klang Valley with the East Coast.
The expressway and the country’s first road tunnel was officially opened by former Minister of Works and Public Utilities, Datuk Abdul Ghani Gilong, and was viewed as the ‘gateway’ to changes in the economic landscape of three states in the East Coast.
The 900-metre tunnel started with only two lanes and was upgraded to four lanes in 1995. This was following the increase in traffic entering and exiting the capital from the East Coast, although there were other alternative routes.
The construction of the expressway and tunnel which involved a cost of over RM150 million during the time Malaysia was just an agro-based country, was the pride and joy of the country that provided a more comfortable and safer passage to the East Coast, while boosting the economy and the image of its towns.
Realising the importance of the expressway, ANIH Berhad, the KLK concessionaire since July 1994 and that of East Coast Highway 1, has constantly carried out maintenance work throughout the expressway, especially at the tunnel.
Its executive director, Datuk Nik Fauzi Nik Hussein said that the tunnel was constantly checked to ensure that it was in tip-top condition to provide comfort and safety to its users. – BERNAMA