Several mega-infrastructure projects are expected to kick off following the tabling of Budget 2020 tomorrow by Finance Minister, Lim Guan Eng.

Sources said the government is expected to announce the commencement of the tunnel project in Penang and the revived Bandar Malaysia project, as well as new highway projects to be constructed in Selangor. The RM6.34 billion long-delayed tunnel project in Penang is expected to commence immediately after the signing of the agreement today. The state government-owned project will consist of three toll-free roads and a tolled tunnel. Another mega-project expected to be announced for the year ahead is the commencement of the revived RM140bil Bandar Malaysia project. In April this year, the government had announced the revival of the Bandar Malaysia project, which spans 196ha at the site of the former airport in Sungai Besi.

Meanwhile, on the expected new highways to be announced in Selangor is expected to stretch across Petaling Jaya. Another ongoing development that is likely to see new work packages awarded in the year ahead is the toll-free Central Spine Road (CSR) project. The 350-km project, estimated to cost RM350mil, links Kuala Krai in Kelantan to Simpang Pelangai in Pahang. Sources expect the government, during the upcoming budget announcement, to announce the progress of the project as well as the upcoming packages. Early last month, the Works Ministry stated that the government would prioritise packages three, four and five of the project, which run from Gua Musang in Kelantan to Kuala Lipis in Pahang; Kuala Lipis to Raub in Pahang; and from Raub to Bentong, Pahang, respectively, due to reasons including traffic congestion as well as high incidents of accidents in parts of these routes. Package five, which is ongoing, commenced under the 10th Malaysia Plan with an approved cost of RM631.98mil and is set to be completed next year.

Source: The Star

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