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Sultan of Johor questions design of Singapore-Johor Rapid Transit System
THE Sultan of Johor has voiced his reservations on the proposed design of the Rapid Transit System (RTS) rail track linking Singapore and Johor Baru in Malaysia.
In an interview with the New Straits Times (NST) published on Tuesday, Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar said that while he welcomed the project, he disagreed with the curve-shaped design of the track and the 30-metre elevation above water in the middle section. The bridge, he said, would disrupt the city skyline along the Johor Straits.
"We are talking about a permanent fixture here. Go back to the drawing board and review the overall plan," the Sultan was quoted as saying. He also said that parties have to consult him.
"Whatever (new plan) is presented to me, it will have to be logical, economical and sustainable for the benefit of not only Johoreans but all Malaysians and Singaporeans," he said.
He criticised the proposed curved design and the elevated bridge as impractical and costly, as well as suggested that the project be undertaken by a single, rather than separate, contractor through a joint venture between the two countries.
The Sultan told NST that he planned to bring up his concerns over the design in a meeting with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong next month.
The RTS Link is expected to begin passenger service by the end of December 2024. Singapore has confirmed that its RTS terminus will be located at Woodlands North station, along the Thomson-East Coast MRT line, while Malaysia has chosen Bukit Chagar as its main terminal for the RTS.