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The electrified double track train (EDTT) project that links Gemas, Negeri Sembilan and Johor Bahru, will begin in March next year. This is according to a report by The Sun Daily, where the news agency also stated that the project is expected to be completed by 2021.

Johor state public works and rural and regional development committee chairman Datuk Ir. Haji Hasni Bin Haji Mohammad told The Sun Daily that the project will cost about RM7.1 billion. The funds will also cover upgrading works on existing stations as well.

He also added that when completed, the track will measure 197 km, and will start from Johor Bahru Sentral and onwards to Kemas Baru, Kulai, Simpang Rengam, Layang-Layang, Kluang, Mengkibol, Kluang, Paloh, Bekok, Labis, Genung, Segamat and finally, Gemas.

Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTM) recently introduced six new routes for its Electric Train Service, with trains plying the Gemas-Padang Besar, Gemas-Butterworth and Butterworth-Padang Besar routes, with tickets priced at RM102, RM83 and RM29, respectively.

Turning the focus to the Singapore-Kuala Lumpur High Speed Rail Train (HSR) project, Hasni said MyHSR Corporation will carry out detailed discussions with its Singapore counterpart on a number of issues. The company was earlier appointed to lead the project.

Currently, the project’s details have yet to be finalised, although several stops have already been identified on the Malaysian side of the project. This includes stops in Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Seremban, Ayer Keroh, Pura Kencana in Batu Pahat and Nusajaya in Southern Johor. As for Singapore, Jurong East is the proposed station for the HSR.