The 197-kilometer Gemas-Johor Bahru double tracking project is currently in the planning and design stage, with a consultant company, Transport Minister Kong Cho Ha said.
He said the tender for the Gemas-Johor sector would be the final package for the double tracking project which includes similar projects for Seremban-Ipoh, Seremban-Gemas and Ipoh-Padang Besar sectors and opened for tender this year.
“The Gemas-Johor Baharu sector’s design is currently undertaken by a consultant company and once ready, the package will be offered for tender,” he told reporters after visiting the marine via duct in Bukit Merah here today.
On Jan 28, 2011, Kong had stated that the Gemas-Johor Baharu double tracking project worth RM7 billion was expected to start this year, once discussions for the final phase of the North-South train service was completed.
The project cost for the Gemas-Johor Bahru is expected to cost RM7 billion because it does not only comprise the building of a double tracking system but also a transport hub with a capacity to rival the (MRT) in Singapore.