No threat from LRT line

THE proposed 30km Bayan Lepas LRT line planned to pass in front of three schools in Sungai Nibong, Penang, will not contribute to noise pollution.

State Local Government Committeechairman Chow Kon Yeow assured concerned parents that the problem would not arise upon implementation of the project.

“We have taken into consideration the close proximity between the schools and the proposed LRT line.

“A sound detecting device was installed at the site to capture and study every sound on the ground.

“Surprisingly, the current traffic passing by the schools is noisier compared to that of a passing LRT based on a sound test we carried out at the site,” he said during a press conference at City Hall yesterday.

The LRT between Komtar and Bayan Lepas is the first the state rail network proposed under the RM27bil Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP).

Chow was addressing concerns raised by the parent-teacher association of a vernacular school during a recent public hearing on PTMP in Bayan Baru recently.

The three schools affected are SJK(C) Kwang Hwa, SJK(C) Shih Chung Cawangan and SMK Sungai Nibong.

SJK(C) Kwang Hwa school board chairman Chuah Choon Bin feared the noise and sound of the LRT would affect the students and leave a negative impact on the school buildings on a long term.

He proposed that the alignment be revised to pass by Queensbay Mall instead.

To this, Chow said the consultants were still studying public feedback and making adjustment to the designs.

“Once the amendments are made, the state government will meet with the schools’ representatives and get their opinions again,” he said.

The LRT will start from Komtar in the northeast corner of the island, passing through Jelutong, Gelugor, Bayan Lepas and Penang International Airport before ending at the proposed Penang South Reclamation development.

Expected to provide a fast route to the airport, it will traverse densely populated residential, commercial and industrial areas.

There are 27 LRT stations along the alignment, with the maintenance depot located on the first island to be reclaimed on the island’s south coast.

The alignment also factors in interchanges with future LRT and monorail lines planned, including one that will cross the channel to connect Gelugor with Penang Sentral in Butterworth.

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