The Terengganu state government welcomes the suggestion put forth by the Works Ministry to build Skyway routes in several locations along the East Coast Expressway 2 (LPT2) where wildlife are known to frequently cross the highway.

In the report by Bernama, Terengganu Infrastructure and Public Facilities, Energy and Green Technology committee chairman Ir Rosli Othman said his department will negotiate with various parties on the matter before any implementation can take place.

“Basically, the Terengganu chief minister has agreed to the suggestion to build an aerial route, although more studies have to be done by specific parties first,” he said.

He added, “several parties like the Malaysian Highway Authority (LLM), Department of Wildlife and National Parks (Perhilitan) and the Works Ministry will perform studies on the building proposal.”

Among the aspects that need to be researched include locations where the aerial route will be built that are focal points of wildlife crossings on the 180-km-long LPT2. Recently, several road accidents have been reported along the LPT2, which resulted in the death of several wildlife animals including a tiger and a tapir.

On a side note, he said the LLM is performing maintenance work on the highway’s fences to ensure they are not damaged by wildlife. Furthermore, livestock farmers will be briefed not to allow their animals from roaming near the LPT2 or risk receiving a compound.