UEM Sunrise and Mulpha international continue their commitment to enhance infrastructure in Iskandar Puteri through the new Gerbang Nusajaya interchange
UEM Sunrise Berhad (UEM Sunrise) and Mulpha International Berhad (Mulpha International), continue their commitment to enhance the infrastructure for the community of Iskandar Puteri with a ground-breaking ceremony to celebrate the commencement of construction of the new Gerbang Nusajaya Interchange.
It was all smiles during the ground-breaking ceremony held at the Melia Residences Club House to commemorate the Interchange. It was officiated by Datuk Osman Sapian, Menteri Besar Johor accompanied by Anwar Syahrin Abdul Ajib, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of UEM Sunrise and Eric Lee, Executive Director of Mulpha International. More than 500 guests attended the event which included community leaders, representatives of local authorities, members of the media and nearby residents.
The Gerbang Nusajaya Interchange is strategically located within the 4,551 acres in Gerbang Nusajaya – the gateway to Iskandar Malaysia that is set to become the commercial and business engine of Iskandar Puteri, commanding an estimated gross development value of RM42 billion.
In 2014, UEM Sunrise and Mulpha International inked a Collaboration Agreement through its respective subsidiaries, Nusajaya Rise Sdn Bhd and leisure Farm Corporation Sdn Bhd to build three sets of roadworks valued at RM162 million to build new roads, a new trumpet interchange and upgrade existing roads in Gelang Patah and Gerbang Nusajaya.
The first set of roadwork is to connect Gelang Patah to both Gerbang Nusajaya and Leisure Farm, by upgrading the existing JKR J4 state road from two-lanes to a dual two-lane, constructing a new dual three-lane toad which links up with the Second Link Highway. The second roadwork is to connect Leisure Farm to the Second Link highway and the third roadwork is to construct a new trumpet interchange (Gerbang Nusajaya Interchange) connecting the Second Link Highway to Gerbang Nusajaya and Leisure Farm, including the link roads to/from the Second Link highway (enabling travel in all directions).
All roadworks are targeted for completion by end of the year 2020.
According to Anwar Syahrin Abdul Ajib, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of UEM Sunrise, “As the master developer of Iskandar Puteri, we are very pleased that the Gerbang Nusajaya Interchange will create an enhanced transport ecosystem around Gerbang Nusajaya and Iskandar Puteri, further enhancing the ease of travel for commuters. With its proximity to the Tuas Checkpoint and central Singapore CBD within easy reach, Gerbang Nusajaya Interchange will put Iskandar Puteri on the map as the largest fully integrated urban development in Southeast Asia.”
UEM Sunrise has commenced construction works in Gerbang Nusajaya since 2014. Upon completion, an estimated 76,000 direct job offerings and 137,000 indirect job offerings will be created, and Gerbang Nusajaya is expected to become home to a population of 220,000 people.
“Mulpha International via its wholly owned subsidiary, Leisure Farm Corporation, is proud to once again collaborate with UEM Sunrise on another infrastructure project that will enhance the road network and connectivity in the vicinity of Leisure Farm for the benefit of the general commuting public in Johor as well as Leisure Farm residents. In fact, it will be a huge boon to Leisure Farm residents as it will enable them to bypass Gelang Patah town thereby reducing their travel time in and out of Leisure Farm by 15 minutes, virtually putting Leisure Farm on the doorstep of Singapore,” said Eric Lee, Executive Director of Mulpha International.
“This facility will also facilitate traveling back and forth from Johor to Singapore and is sure to attract more tourists or investors from abroad to come to Johor. Efforts towards increasing mobility, capacity building, consumer safety and driving comfort will be carried out continuously. The perfect provision of infrastructure and public facilities will be able to improve the quality of life of the society as a whole. It also indirectly supports the competitiveness of Johor,” said Datuk Osman Sapian.
Gerbang Nusajaya had been planned and designed to be a sustainable development with catalytic enhancements strategically introduced in the area to support its transformation into a thriving and vibrant destination to work, live and play. These catalytic enhancements include components such as various residential precincts, namely Melia Residences; Nusajaya Tech Park – light to medium industrial parks; Fastrackcity – motorsports & lifestyle and many more.