Govt to give RM1bil for BRT project in Iskandar

Posted on : 10-10-2017 | By : sabah today | In : National Business

ISKANDAR PUTERI: The federal government will contribute RM1 billion towards the development of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) while the rest, amounting to RM1.56 billion, would be financed via a Private Public Partnership.

Announcing this, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the BRT project, under the concept of inclusiveness and sustainability, worth RM2.56 billion, would be developed by the federal government via Iskandar Regional Development authority (IRDA) and the Johor state government.

“BRT will be the public transportation infrastructure backbone in the Iskandar Region Malaysia in the next two decades.

“BRT is a high quality bus-based transit system which will give a reliable, comfortable and cost effective service,” he said, The Prime Minister said this in his speech when launching the 2017 Progressive Johor Expo at Kota Iskandar here yesterday.

Najib said that he was made to understand that BRT contained the same features as the Light Rail Transit or metro, which is faster compared to normal bus services.

He said BRT was expected to be operational in 2021 covering 90 per cent of Iskandar Malaysia with a 51 km route through 39 stations.

“It will be ensured that the development of the BRT system will have smooth links to Rail Transit System (RTS), High Speed Rail, KTM Commuter and inter-town bus terminals.

“With the expectations of increase in populace and economic growth to simultaneously boost job opportunities, I am confident that BRT would become a catalyst to spur Iskandar Malaysia to a more competitive level globally on par with other developed nations,” said the Prime Minister who is also Finance Minister.

BRT is one of the four initiatives of the state government he launched yesterday.

Touching on the Johor Skills Development Master Plan, Najib said the plan would ensure that workers in the state were equipped with the right skills.

He said the aspiration of the state government to spur skills development based on Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) for Johor youths would be interpreted via the master plan.

“I am confident, the Johor TVET Master Plan is a good start and reference for a more comprehensive TVET Master Plan,” he said.

SOURCE— BERNAMA

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