Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The Malaysia/Singapore undersea tunnel

An undersea tunnel between Malaysia and Singapore is an option being considered by both countries, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha said today.

He said the tunnel was considered to realise the rapid transit system (RTS) between Johore Baru and Woodlands in Singapore as agreed upon by the two countries at their meeting in May.

An undersea tunnel involved a high cost but it was an option which was more environment friendly, he said.

"We have some options but still have to sit down seriously to discuss with the Singapore side to come up with an agreement on how to jointly develop this," he told reporters after an Aidilfitri reception at the ministry here.

Kong [picture above] said one option was to build another causeway, which he added, did not involve a high cost but was not environment-friendly.

Constructing a bridge was yet another option but the type of bridge will have to be determined because merchant vessels continued to use the Straits of Johor separating Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore, he said.

"I think for the future development of the connectivity between Malaysia and Singapore, we cannot depend on the Causeway alone. Trains may make only two or three trips a day ... but for the continual flow of people between Singapore and Johore Baru, we need a more permanent and efficient transportation, besides taxis or buses," he said.

Under the agreement reached in May, Johore Baru and Singapore are to be linked by a rapid transit system by 2018.

[Source: Bernama]

But what has Mr Robert Selvanayagam to say about the cost of "digging" the tunnel?

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