2 Mar, 2010
Second north-south link
Sean AugustinSEREMBAN: The government is
evaluating a proposal to build another highway linking the northern and southern parts of Peninsular Malaysia to
complement the North-South Expressway (NSE). Works Minister Datuk Shaziman Abu Mansor said yesterday that a
viability study on the proposed project was being carried out by the Public-Private Sector Partnership Unit (Ukas)
in the Prime Minister’s Department and the Malaysian Highway Authority (MHA).
Shaziman was speaking to reporters after opening the Setul and Ampangan
interchanges of the Kajang-Seremban Expressway (Lekas).
Lekas is the newly opened 44.3km highway between Kajang and Seremban.
Under the proposal, a highway would be built be tween Banting in Selangor and
Taiping in Perak at a cost of between RM5 billion and RM6 billion.
Depending on viability, the highway would later be extended to connect Banting and
a town in Johor, believed to be Gelang Patah.
Shaziman said the Ukas and MHA were looking at it from all angles, including the
business model proposed and the projected toll rates and traffic volume.
The towns that could be connected by the highway were also being
It is learned that the study would also determine the leakages that would be
incurred by the NSE, as the authorities did not wish to see the operator, PLUS Expressways Bhd, adversely
“At the same time, we also don’t want the concessionaire to be affected
financially if the volume is low.
Right now,we want to verify the traffic volume.
“We are exploring the possibility, but we believe that there is a need,” Shaziman
said, adding that the study was based on a proposal made in the 1990s but could not be realised due to the economic
The minister said new highway would see the emergence of new growth centres along
On a separate matter, he said 10 accident-prone spots along the NSE and the Kuala
Lumpur-Karak Expressway had been identified.
He also said the ministry would propose amendments to the MHA Act with a view to
giving the authority more bite when regulating highway concessionaires, especially with regard to highway
He urged concessionaires to go “green” beginning today by ensuring that waste
generated at rest and relax spots was treated before being dumped.
“This is to improve the quality and cleanliness of highways
-- NST --