Penang LRT report on display


Chow (right) with SRS Consortium construction manager Julian Yeap showing one of the documents on display at the Town Hall in George Town.

THE public display of the Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) report for the proposed Bayan Lepas light rail transit (LRT) railway scheme between Komtar and Bayan Lepas has been put up at 10 different locations in Penang and Kuala Lumpur.

Penang Local Government, Traffic Management and Flood Mitigation Committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow said the exhibition which started on Wednesday and would end on Aug 17, featured three volumes of reports — executive summary, main report and appendices — of the rail network proposed under the RM27bil Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP).

“The proposed LRT channel is our priority project under the PTMP.

A map of the proposed Bayan Lepas LRT railway scheme between Komtar and Bayan Lepas.

A map of the proposed Bayan Lepas LRT railway scheme between Komtar and Bayan Lepas.

“Once the approval from the Federal Government is obtained, it will be a major step towards improving the public transport system and alleviating traffic congestion on the island,” he said.

He was speaking to reporters at the Town Hall in the Esplanade yesterday.

Chow added that the state government and EIA consultant would respond to the Department of Environment (DoE) all the written feedback obtained during the public display.

“We will reply to the response from the public and submit it to the DoE headquarters for review and it will be included in the final EIA report for the project.

“Obtaining approval for the EIA report from DoE is one of the preconditions required by the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) for its consideration in approving the railway scheme,”he said.

Meanwhile, Chow also said SPAD was looking into incorporating PTMP as its regional transport master plan.

“However, it will only be finalised in the first quarter of 2018,” he said.

He said that once they receive conditional approval from SPAD, they would hold another public display with detailed alignment of the LRT line with the stations and other details.

“So, the whole process will take about another year or more after going through many steps,” he said.

The EIA report can be accessed online at doe.gov.my, penang.gov.my, pgmasterplan.penang.gov.my and ere.com.my/bllrt.

The public have to submit their written feedback by Sept 2 to DoE in Putrajaya.

For more details on the display, call 03-80242287, fax to 03-80242320 or email admin@ere.com.my.

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