There has been a lot of uproar as of late via web-based media and in the traditional press on a critical segment of the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL).
In one corner is the national government which has returned to the first northern arrangement that goes through Serendah from Port Klang and onwards toward the East Coast. In the other corner, is the Selangor state government which is unyielding on the southern arrangement which goes through the southern pieces of the state.
At the essence of the matter is the issue of which arrangement can convey the best monetary and social effect while limiting ecological debasement.
At the danger of succumbing to enthusiastic political positions which as a rule direct the recurring pattern of policymaking in this country, I am composing this as dispassionately as could be expected – focusing on realities over negligible sectarian legislative issues.
In the event that the northern arrangement is followed, the ECRL will ship an expected 5.03 million travelers contrasted and 4.07 million for the southern arrangement. As to cargo volume, the northern arrangement will see 26.12 million tons of freight being delivered, which is near multiple times more than the 9,000,000 tons of freight that will be sent through the southern arrangement.
Be that as it may, there is the issue of cost. The northern arrangement costs somewhat more at RM50 billion contrasted and the southern arrangement at RM47.4 billion. In any case, the northern arrangement is longer and goes through more municipalities and urban areas, bringing about four a larger number of stations than the southern arrangement.
In that capacity, the task cost when seen on a for each station premise favors the northern arrangement at RM2.08 billion for every station against RM2.37 billion for every station for the southern arrangement.
An extra reward of the northern arrangement is that it accompanies the Serendah sidestep since it goes through the expanding town. The Serendah sidestep gives a smooth, safe and practical rail cargo connect to Port Klang with adaptable travel openings and short development times. It will likewise improve the wellbeing of workers in KL Sentral since freight trains conveying risky products will presently not go through midtown Kuala Lumpur.
The southern arrangement does exclude the Serendah sidestep. Indeed, the Selangor state government has declared that the detour will be done as a different undertaking inside and out.
Accordingly, the northern arrangement is basically a two-in-one arrangement with the ECRL and Serendah sidestep. It will likewise incredibly decrease the expense of development as extra natural detailing and other due persistence cycles should be possible all the while, with less monetary issue.
Also, how about we see social effect. As indicated by the openly accessible natural effect appraisal (EIA) report, the northern arrangement just necessities to recover 11 local locations contrasted and 23 under the southern arrangement.
It additionally impacts less Orang Asli towns – two for the northern arrangement against seven for the southern arrangement. Concerning Malay save land, just two will be influenced under the northern arrangement contrasted and three for the southern arrangement.
The EIA is straightforward with its discoveries where it presumed that the northern arrangement has negligible ecological debasement. The proposed Gombak land span is set to decrease infringement into normal jelly and the arrangement won’t navigate through the Batu dam or Klang Gates quartz edge.
The northern arrangement additionally navigates through 1.85km of woods holds contrasted and the southern arrangement’s 4.33km. As far as water catchment regions – which is a significant perspective for all Selangor inhabitants who scorn water cuts – the northern arrangement goes through 65% of the state’s water catchment regions. Similarly, the southern arrangement is relied upon to go through up to 95% of Selangor’s water catchment regions, particularly since the Serendah sidestep is to be executed as a different venture.
Given these reasons, the northern arrangement ends up being the better decision of the two, financially, and with a more positive natural and social effect.
My main expectation presently is that policymakers can save their political loyalties and be directed by realities when settling on the ECRL arrangement.