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Sunday July 20, 2008

Work on Penang Sentral project to start next year

Construction of the RM2bil Penagn Sentral project will start in the first quarter of next year, said Second Finance Minister Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop.

He said the transportation hub for Penang and the Northern Corridor, comprising an integrated terminal for rail, road and sea travel, would be constructed in two phases with the first to be completed in 2011.

“The first phase is the transportation hub while the second phase is the commercial hub.

Nor Mohamed (right) waving a flag to mark the official opening of Penang Sentral temporary bus terminal in Butterworth.

“The completion of the second phase depends on the viability (of the project) but I think it may be completed before 2015,” he said after launching the Penang Sentral temporary bus terminal here yesterday.

Nor Mohamed said the first phase comprised terminal lanes for buses and taxis and several floors of retail space.

“We would unveil the conceptual plan during the ground breaking ceremony. The plan has yet to be approved by the Seberang Prai Municipal Council,” he said.

Earlier, Nor Mohamed said the completion of the RM5mil temporary terminal was a sign that the Federal Government was committed in providing an efficient and quality public transport to the masses.

Nor Mohamed added that the Penang Sentral project had long been discussed even before it was included as a Northern Corridor project.

The construction of the bus terminal which began in August 2007 was completed in January. It has 28 bus platforms and 46 taxi bays to handle up to 4,500 passengers per day.

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