Kedah’s Sungai Petani racing circuit has been thrust into the highlight once more, with the newest state authorities saying the state has not forgotten in regards to the project, and is in the midst of elevating funds to finance the development.
A little bit of background historical past to this – plans for a northern race circuit in Kedah existed means again in 2014. We have the Tangkak circuit in Johor and the tiny Dato’ Sagor observe in Perak, and Batu Tiga is lengthy gone with Sepang taking on duties in the Klang Valley, however now we have nothing in the north, so the Kedah menteri besar at the moment, Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir, introduced plans to construct a 1.6 km circuit on a 70-hectare website on Sungai Petani, with completion anticipated round 2017.
Nothing occurred till 2017, when the prime minister on the time, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, introduced that he had authorised an allocation of RM30 million to construct a race circuit in Sungai Petani. The project was aimed toward eliminating unlawful road racing, with Najib saying, “The track will benefit the youth, there will be no more need for Mat Rempit to race on the streets. They can race all they want on a track then.”
However, the Kedah chief minister on the time, Datuk Seri Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah, stated the state didn’t need to rush into issues as maintaining a circuit can be costly.
No information in regards to the circuit since then, however the current Kedah menteri besar Datuk Seri Muhammad Sanusi Md Nor has given some updates in a Bernama report about what has been going on with the project.
According to Sanusi, RM10 million out of the authorised RM30 million price range had been spent on earthworks, however work had halted ever since due to inadequate price range. He says the earlier state authorities had modified the unique plan and prices had bloated to RM73 million, however the KBS ministry was unable to channel the additional allocation to cowl the brand new prices.
The plan now is to revert to the unique design that was given a RM30 million price range, and to sell a few of the land allotted for the circuit to fund any shortfall. Thus, the land allotted for the circuit will be divided right into a industrial space and a motorsports space.