By Syauqi Jamil

SHAH ALAM: There are no on going talks on the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) taking place between Selangor State Government and the Federal Government for the time being.

Selangor Local Government, Public Transportation and New Village Development state executive councillor Ng Sze Han clarified this, due to reviews on the project are still on going.

“For the time being, no discussion are taking place from both sides as the project are delayed to make way for implementation checks and reviews by the Federal Government.

“On Selangor State Government end, such implementation will involve certain areas within the state,” he said in the Selangor Legislative Assembly sitting earlier.

Ng added, should ECRL be considered for implementation by the Federal Government, then the Malaysia Rail Link Sdn Bhd (MRL) must adhere to several conditions that have been set.

This includes building the rail parallel to the existing Karak Highway, reaching a consensus regarding the Orang Asli settlements in Gombak as well preparing plans for the Malay reserve lands and forest reserve areas.

“MRL must first get prior approval from the Selangor State Government and later submit the project application with the government under Section 3A, of the Town and Country Planning Act 1976,” he said.

This was in response to a question posed by Bukit Lanjan Assemblywoman Elizabeth Wong who queried Selangor Menteri Besar Amirudin Shari on the latest development on ECRL in Selangor.

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