About 1,400 people expected to cross Singapore-Johor border in first week of land VTL: Johor chief minister

When the Singapore-Johor border is opened, the land VTL will probably be capped at “smaller number, with a certain limit quota”, stated Mr Gan on Saturday, including that the precedence was to enable households who’ve been separated to be reunited. Before border restrictions have been carried out due to the pandemic, round 300,000 Malaysians would cross the Causeway each day for work. On Sunday, Mr Hasni stated that primarily based on preparations carried out by Malaysian authorities on the land checkpoints at each the Causeway and Second Link, he anticipates that 1,440 people will journey between Singapore and Malaysia in the first week of the land VTL. “Based on our capacity and early preparation to open our borders for the land VTL, we expect to see the movement of some 1,440 people in the first week of implementation,” stated Mr Hasni.  “Whether these travellers might solely use public transportation or are allowed to use personal autos, that’s nonetheless but to be finalised. Either approach, in Johor, we’re prepared,” he added. Mr Hasni stated that the Johor authorities are ready as they’ve dealt with travellers who’ve been utilizing the Periodic Commuting Arrangement and Reciprocal Green Lane schemes. “For these schemes, we are able to accommodate more than 2,000 commuters daily … and conduct testing. For the 1,440 in the land VTL, Johor is prepared,” stated Mr Hasni.  Mr Hasni additionally said that this quantity of travellers might enhance steadily in the longer term, relying on the success of the land VTL’s implementation.  “We expect to be able to increase it to 2,500 (in the second week) and later to 5,000 in the third week,” stated Mr Hasni.  He added that authorities will conduct a pilot check on the land VTL between Johor and Singapore on Monday (Nov 22).

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