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The East Coast Expressway Phase 2 (LPT2) that goes to Terengganu and Kelantan is now toll-free, but users may have to start paying toll from September.

The Sun reports that highway operator PLUS has been selected by the government to manage the 184 km Jabor-Kg Gemuruh highway, and is expected to be awarded a 18-year concession starting from Sept 1.

“The Malaysian Highway Authority (LLM) and Public-Private Partnership Unit (Ukas) are currently at the last stage of finalising the concession agreement (CA) and it will probably be signed after the Hari Raya Aidilfitri holidays,” a government source told the daily, adding that the North-South Expressway concessionaire was selected over six other companies.

The selection of PLUS has surprised some. It is reported that the Terengganu state government wanted to have a say as it funded RM1.8 billion out of the highway’s RM4.25 billion total cost.

Anih Berhad was a leading contender even before the tender was opened, as it had a track record of managing LPT1 and the KL-Karak Highway, besides completing 40% of LPT2’s construction well ahead of other parties.

PLUS was not available for comment at the report’s press time.