Monday, April 23, 2007

Malaysian rails to be build by IRCON

State-owned Indian construction company IRCON will help Malaysia revive a multibillion-dollar rail project that had been shelved in 2003 due to its high cost, Malaysia's transport minister said on Saturday, according to a report.

IRCON, which was previously involved in the project, will participate in the construction of a double-track line between the towns of Seremban and Gemas in southern Malaysia.
The details of construction and the expenditure were not revealed as the concerned officials were not available.

The Seremban-Gemas stretch forms part of what had been conceived as Malaysia's largest-ever infrastructure project, comprising a 320-kilometre electrified line between the towns of Ipoh and Padang Besar in northern Malaysia and a 310-kilometre line between Seremban and Johor Bahru in southern Malaysia.

The entire project, previously estimated to cost $3.8 billion was put aside in late 2003 after Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi took over from former leader Mahathir Mohamad, who had approved it.

The Malaysian government announced last month it was reviving the project, and that the northern link would be implemented by local private construction companies MMC and Gamuda. The entire project is estimated to be completed within a period of five years.
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