ECRL BOOST TO PAHANG DEVELOPMENT
Construction of railway stations for project to have economic spillover effects for state, says Adnan
THE RM55 billion East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) project will be an impetus to Pahang’s economic growth as part of the 2050 Pahang State Structure Plan.
Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob said seven highgrowth areas had been identified near where the ECRL railway stations would be constructed.
The areas identified for the stations include Bentong, Mentakab, Maran, Gambang and Kuantan.
“The ECRL would not merely transport passengers but also indirectly contribute to Pahang’s development.”
He was speaking after the official launch of the 2050 Pahang State Structure Plan Survey Report at a hotel, here, yesterday.
Also present were Federal Department of Town and Country Planning director-general Datuk Dr Dolbani Mijan, state secretary Datuk Seri Muhammad Safian Ismail and State Housing and Urbanisation committee chairman Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail.
Adnan said the structure plan not only covered physical development of Pahang but also the long-term sustainability of its environment and natural resources.
He also warned bauxite mining operators and others to abide by existing laws and regulations to ensure a balance between economic profit and sustainable business practices.
On January 15 last year, the Natural Resources and Environment Ministry imposed an interim moratorium on bauxite-mining in Pahang, following an outcry over the issue.
The moratorium expires on Friday.
Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob (third from right) at the launch of the 2050 Pahang State Structure Plan Survey Report in Kuantan yesterday.