Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – The Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail (KL-SG HSR) project successfully completed its compulsory three month public inspection exercise and received more than 35,000 responses, the highest number of public feedback among rail-based public transportation projects in Malaysia.
The inspection exercise ended on January 31 and provided the public with the opportunity to view information about the KL-SG HSR project such as the planned alignment, locations of the seven Malaysian HSR stations, typical station features and layout, land acquisition plans, railway technical data and the Socio-economic Development Programme (SEDP) at the booths. Over 130 booths were set up at key locations along the alignment between Kuala Lumpur and Iskandar Puteri.
Approximately 95 per cent of public feedback received from visitors and survey respondents were supportive of the KL-SG HSR project, with an overwhelming 98 per cent of positive response received from Kuala Lumpur and Johor. Most of the total respondents were represented by the 21-40 age group.
Key areas of interest listed by visitors were the potential benefits brought about by the project in terms of ease of travel and economic development, land acquisition process, station locations and alignment, and environmental mitigation measures to be employed by the project.
‘We are encouraged by the strong support for the KL-SG HSR project garnered from the Public Inspection exercise. The Public Inspection booths were designed to introduce the project in further detail to the public. By locating them in high-traffic areas, our team on site were able to gather pertinent insights on how to further improve the project. It is also our goal to continuously engage the public from time to time to share updates on the project’ said Dato’ Mohd Nur Ismal Mohamed Kamal, CEO of MyHSR.
The KL-SG HSR’s Environmental Impact study was also showcased at the Public Inspection booths for its one-month compulsory display from 27 December 2017 to 25 January 2018. This study is available for review and feedback on the MyHSR website until February 9 2018.