Pahang’s Menteri Besar, Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail, has announced the state government’s request for the expansion of the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) project to encompass additional districts, ensuring a broader reach and greater socio-economic benefits for Pahang.
The proposed extension involves lengthening the ECRL route to serve districts beyond its current scope. Specifically, Wan Rosdy has suggested extending the line from Bentong to Raub or Jerantut, before continuing to Lipis. Furthermore, the proposed route in Kuantan could encompass Pekan and Rompin.
The ECRL project, which is set to be completed in 2026 and operational by 2027, presents a significant opportunity for Pahang to enhance connectivity and stimulate economic growth. To expedite the process and ensure maximum benefits, the state government is actively pursuing this extension before the project’s completion.
During a recent state executive council meeting, Wan Rosdy emphasized the need to take proactive steps in requesting the extension, rather than waiting for the ECRL to be operational before making the proposal. The aim is to expedite the process and streamline administrative procedures.
Wan Rosdy’s proactive approach aligns with the state’s commitment to leveraging infrastructure projects like the ECRL for the betterment of its residents and the overall development of Pahang. By expanding the ECRL’s reach to additional districts, the state anticipates fostering economic growth, job opportunities, and improved connectivity, ultimately benefitting a more extensive population.
The proposed extension of the ECRL project demonstrates Pahang’s forward-thinking approach to infrastructure development, aimed at maximizing the positive impact on local communities and the state’s overall economic landscape.