One step closer to protecting heritage sites

The Special Area Plans (SAP) for George Town World Heritage Site, Penang Botanic Gardens and Penang Hill should be gazetted by the middle of this year.

State Housing Committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo said that everything was in the final stages.

He added that he expected all three SAPs to be presented to the state executive council in the first quarter of this year.

“My aim is to get the plans expedited,” Jagdeep told a press conference after handing out school aid vouchers to children of Wisma Yatim Perempuan Islam Pulau Pinang in Scotland Road on Saturday.

The SAPs will form the guidelines for the development, planning and conser- vation of George Town World Heritage Site, Penang Botanic Gardens and Penang Hill.

On a separate matter, Jagdeep said the state would identify ways in which existing housing schemes in Penang could be regenerated under the newly formed Urban Regeneration Committee.

“Penang Development Corporation was requested to submit proposals for the possible regeneration of Taman Free School and a block in Lorong Mahsuri on the island and Mak Mandin and Ampang Jajar on the mainland at the committee’s inaugural meeting on Dec 7.

“We will also be giving priority to the building of foreign workers’ dormitories this year as guidelines for the dormitories were approved last year.”

Jagdeep said he planed to meet Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan to discuss and resolve outstanding issues on the provision of affordable housing by the Federal Government to Penang.

Meanwhile, the Selection Process Enhancement Committee has selected 10,321 applicants for low-cost housing, 3,228 applicants for low medium-cost housing and 4,973 applicants for affordable housing since its establishment in September 2013 till November last year.

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