News: Public Can View and Provide Feedback to the HSR’s Environmental Impact Study

Jan 2, 2018

Noting short-term environmental impact, the environmental impact assessment (EIA) report for the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore high-speed rail project is ready for public viewing and feedback.

For the Malaysian side of the project, the report – which covers assessments like noise and vibration, traffic, geology, public health and safety – revealed that the construction of the rail line would result to permanent loss of some forest areas as well as associated environmental services from forest reserves.

This includes a small portion of the Sungai Pulai mangrove forest in Gelang Patah within southern Johor.

The project would also affect a total of 1,141ha of palm oil plantations and 902ha of rubber estates.

Prepared by private company Minconsult Sdn Bhd, the report, however, noted that water quality impact would be minimal due to mitigation measures like sediment control and site-specific erosion measures, along with planned construction of river crossings and bridges.

“We have outlined the necessary measures to address and minimise the potential impacts throughout all phases of the project, which covers pre-construction, during construction and operations,” said MyHSR Corp chief executive officer Mohd Nur Ismal Mohamed Kamal.

“We welcome the public to provide feedback on the findings of the EIA report. The report will then be updated to incorporate feedback gathered from the public viewing and will be presented and considered for approval by the DOE.”

Set to become operational by 31 December 2026, the HSR link will pass from its terminus station in Kuala Lumpur via the Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya federal territories as well as four Malaysian states, before entering Singapore, where it will have only one station in Jurong East.

The rail link is expected to reduce travel time between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur from about four hours by car to just one-and-a-half hours.

The EIA report can be viewed by the public until 25 January at Land Public Transport Commission (Spad) headquarters in KL as well as in DOE offices in Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Negeri Sembilan, Selangor, Melaka and Johor.

The report can also be viewed at town council offices along the KL-to-Singapore rail alignment.


Image sourced from Bandar Malaysia Development

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