ECRL BOOST TO PA­HANG DE­VEL­OP­MENT

Con­struc­tion of rail­way sta­tions for project to have eco­nomic spillover ef­fects for state, says Ad­nan

New Straits Times - - Busi­ness - HIDIR RE­D­UAN KUAN­TAN hidirre­d­uan@nst.com.my

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.

PIC BY MUHD ASYRAF SAWAL

Men­teri Be­sar Datuk Seri Ad­nan Yaakob (third from right) at the launch of the 2050 Pa­hang State Struc­ture Plan Sur­vey Re­port in Kuan­tan yes­ter­day.

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