Government to Invade Green Lungs for HSR to Avoid Disrupting Urban Areas


MyHSR Corp Sdn Bhd commenced the process of freezing land within 500m corridor where stations for the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore high-speed rail (HSR) project would be located and where the alignment would run in order to lock the land price set by the government for the next 12 months.

MyHSR commercial director Tony Yeap expects the state authorities to give the green light for the freezing process by year-end. Thereafter, affected landowners would be informed personally of the alignment.

Notably, a significant portion of the HSR alignment would run through green spaces to minimize land acquisition cost.

“Compared with the mass rapid rail and light rail transit alignments which are highly urbanised, displacement [of people] is higher,” noted Yeap. “In our case, they are ‘passing through’ cities but a large part of the alignment is in green areas.”

Based on the alignment, 153.4km of the rail line would be elevated, 159.4km would run at grade (above ground) and 14.9km would be underground.

“The alignment has gone through a lot of stress testing both internally and from a technical standpoint so that we can build something that can go at high speed but there are a lot of constraints,” said Yeap.

“At the same time, we are working with local authorities to make sure that the alignment, at the very best, avoids major urban areas. The result we have today is a fairly optimised alignment that minimises social displacement and cost.”

Commenting on the public inspection, Yeap also revealed that the gathering of public feedback on the HSR project will run until 31 January 2018 at 43 locations across Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Putrajaya, Melaka, Johor and Negeri Sembilan.

“The public inspection would help us gather feedback on what is on the ground, and see how we can tweak it while looking from technical and cost perspectives.”

After the completion of the public inspection, the responses would be consolidated by MyHSR and submitted to the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD).

“We aim to get [the] final approval from SPAD on the alignment by April next year,” MyHSR project delivery group director Mark Loader said. “Once the railway scheme is approved, it allows us to start construction and land acquisition.”

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