INDIA may not be a super-train maker, but its expertise in laying the tracks fits nicely with Malaysia’s priorities.
Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said India’s know-how in electrified double-track rail could help Malaysia improve rail connections and promote the ports.
“With our roads having been improved, rail is the key focus of our transportation policy. We are very keen to look at India’s proposals,’’ he told The Star here.
A railway infrastructure project pact was signed on Monday between CIDB Holdings Sdn Bhd and Ircon International Ltd, India’s famed engineering and construction company specialising in transport infrastructure.
It was one of 31 agreements inked between Malaysia and India.
The deals, worth a total of US$36bil (RM158.68bil), were signed to mark Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s official visit to India.
Liow, who is here with the Prime Minister, said India held the edge in the bid to redevelop the 83km Port Klang-Seremban line.
Under the project estimated at between RM4bil and RM6bil, tracks for freight will be built to bypass KL Sentral, where most of the country’s rail traffic converges to create a bottleneck.
“This will de-congest the