MyHSR has announced a call for tender to appoint a new social impact assessment (SIA) consultant for the Kuala Lumpur – Singapore High Speed Rail (KL-SG HSR) project.

The appointed consultant will be responsible for carrying out an independent assessment of the social and environmental impact of the high-speed rail project’s implementation.

The SIA study is a mandatory requirement under the Town and Country Plan Act 1976 (Act 172) for large-scale government developments.

It will include analysis of the social and land-use impact during the pre-construction (planning and design), construction and operational stages of the project.

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“We encourage firms with relevant experience to participate in the tender to ensure that the KL-SG HSR project is implemented to international standards.”

MyHSR CEO Dato’ Mohd Nur Ismal Mohamed Kamal said: “We encourage firms with relevant experience to participate in the tender to ensure that the KL-SG HSR project is implemented to international standards, not only from the project implementation angle, but also in terms of managing the social and environmental aspects.”

The study is also expected to allow the public to offer opinions regarding land acquisition, environmental impact and heritage preservation issues.

Additionally, the SIA consultant will evaluate public feedback relating to the ongoing Public Inspection exercise regarding the proposed KL-SG HSR project alignment and implementation plan.

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The completed Kuala Lumpur-Singapore HSR is anticipated to reduce the travel time between the capital of Malaysia and Singapore to almost 90 minutes.

The governments of both nations originally entered a bilateral agreement on 13 December last year, which outlined key aspects of the development such as technical parameters, commercial model, customs, safety and security, immigration and other related details.

MyHSR in Malaysia and the Land Transport Authority (LTA) of Singapore are responsible for implementing the development under the deal.