Still worried over LRT near schools


THE parent-teacher associations of three schools are urging the Penang government not to take lightly their concerns over the proposed 30km Bayan Lepas LRT line project.

SJK(C) Kwang Hwa school board chairman Chuah Choon Bin said the comment by state Local Government Committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow that the LRT would be less noisy than the current traffic was not right.

“Research has shown that the noise level during high traffic is between 75 to 80 decibels whereas an LRT line produces 110.

“Traffic jams occur only at certain hours but the LRT will be passing here every four minutes,” said Chuah on Saturday.

Chuah emphasised that they supported the Penang Transport Master Plan but felt the development should not be at the expense of the schoolchildren.

Earlier, Chuah and 20 other PTA committee members conducted a press conference on the matter at SJK(C) Kwang Hwa in Sungai Nibong.

Also present were members from SMK Sri Nibong and SJK(C) Shih Chung.

It was reported on April 23 that Chow had said the proposed Bayan Lepas LRT line which planned to pass in front of three schools in Sungai Nibong would not contribute to noise pollution.

“We have taken into consideration the proximity of the schools to 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 train based on the sound test,” he had said at a press conference.

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