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Final Report On East Coast Railway Project To Be Completed Soon


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KUANTAN, April 14 (Bernama) -- The East Coast Economic Region Development Council (ECERDC) is in the process of completing its final report on the possible east coast railway project linking Kuala Lumpur-Kuantan-Tumpat, which covers a distance of 550km.
 
State Housing, Basic Infrastructure and Transportation Committee Chairman Datuk Mohd Soffi Abdul Razak said that the Kuala Lumpur-Kuantan route would involve five districts -- Bentong, Bera, Temerloh, Maran and Kuantan.
 
"This project will make an impact on Pahang's social and economic sectors, especially in the districts affected," he said in response to a question from Datuk Chuan Boon Seong (BN-Mentakab) at the state assembly sitting here on Thursday.
 
He said the project would create more employment for people through the development of projects, such as the Kuantan Port City project, Oil Palm Industrial Cluster, Wood Industrial Park in Temerloh, Pahang Technology Park and the Bentong Mixed Industrial Park, along the route.
 
Besides that, he said the districts involved would progress and develop with a more modern and efficient transportation network connecting them to the Klang Valley.
 
Meanwhile, Pahang Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob said that the state government would take action under the National Land Code 1965 against Temporary Occupation Licence (TOL) operators who flouted approval requirements by planting on a permanent basis for cash-crop projects.
 
He said that they had carried out some enforcement measures, such as patrols on rule violations.
 
"The Land Administrator can cancel the TOL. Continuous monitoring will also be carried out to ensure the problem does not recur," he said in response to a question from Syed Hamid Syed Mohamed (PAS-Kuala Semantan).
 
Adnan said 114.118 hectares of land in Temerloh, Jerantut, Lipis and Raub had been identified as flouting TOL approval requirements by growing permanent crops.
 
He added that action had been taken on 42.09 hectares of land, while action needed to be taken on another 73.03 hectares.
 
Source: BERNAMA


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