Wan Rakemi Wan Zahari (File pic)
By Azli Shafii
TANAH MERAH, Aug 1 (Bernama) -- The flyover that is being built in the heart of the town here is 95 per cent completed.
A number of innovations had also been added to the project developed by After Image Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of Mahsuri Group.
Mahsari Group managing director Wan Rakemi Wan Zahari said the innovations included Hollowbox, a method that expedites the project and does not disrupt traffic during the construction.
He said the method also does not require road closure.
According to him, almost 100 per cent of the project's manpower comprised locals.
"As a homegrown company, we engage local professionals, who hail from Tanah Merah, such as the project manager, engineer, technical and other staff involving 220 employees," he said.
He said the flyover is the first project in the state or even in Malaysia which has two lanes that surpass the railway providing a choice to the public.
Meanwhile, Tanah Merah member of parliament Datuk Seri Ikmal Hisham Abdul Aziz said the flyover would not only ease traffic congestion but boost the economic and tourism sectors as well as employment opportunities for the local community.
"It is a gift to the people, an assurance that they will get to benefit from development projects implemented by the government," he said.
Local activist Izani Zakaria described the project as a boon to all residents in the district other than those from Machang, Jeli and Pasir Mas.
"For example, residents from Jeli and Pasir Mas who need to go to Machang have to use the market route which is a bottleneck. So the flyover will ease the congestion and save time," he said.
The project costing RM153 million, which encompasses three zones, the Pasir Mas, Machang and Jeli routes commenced in 2016.
Trader Che Azmi Che Mohammad, 53, said he had had to endure the congestion for almost 20 years, which worsened during holidays.
"It takes up a lot of my time such as having to wait more than 20 minutes for the train to pass. With the completion of the project our plight would be resolved,” he said.