Ekovest Construction to build high-speed railway to link Malaysia and Singapore


Ekovest Construction, a unit of property developer Ekovest, has won a $447m contract to construct a high-speed railway that will connect the southern Malaysian state of Johor Bahru to Singapore.

Once finished, the 4km railway, known as the Rapid Transit System Link Project, is anticipated to carry 10,000 travellers each hour in each direction.

This project is expected to complete by end of 2026.

Offering an alternative transportation mode, this project is expected to cut down vehicular traffic across the causeway.

Originally slated to complete by the end of 2024, the implementation of the project was suspended in 2019 as the Malaysian government had sought alterations in its design before construction works restarted in 2021, reported Forbes.

Ekovest, in a filing with Bursa Malaysia, stated that Malaysia Rapid Transit System Sdn Bhd (MRTS) has accepted its subsidiary Ekovest Construction Sdn Bhd (ECSB) as the collaborative partner of Adil Permata Sdn Bhd (APSB).

MRTS, which is owner of the civil infrastructure for the section of Malaysia RTS Link Project, appointed APSB as main contractor for the construction of the project.

The RTS Link Project will comprise a railway shuttle link running around 4km, with 2.7km being in Malaysia: 2.7km and 1.3km in Singapore.

This project will feature two stations - one in Bukit Chagar, Johor Bahru and another in Woodlands, Singapore, reported TheStar.

The RTS Link Project in Malaysia also involves construction of new immigration, customs and quarantine complex (ICQ) facility adjacent to Bukit Chagar station.

The project in Singapore will include construction of customs, immigration and quarantine (CIQ) facilities.
Image: Once finished, the 4km high speed railway is anticipated to carry 10,000 travellers each hour in each direction. Credit:Shutterbug75 from Pixabay.

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