THE 21.44ha Jelutong landfill, which has been in operation for the last 20 years, will be rehabilitated by the state to make the land suitable for mixed integrated development.
The Penang government has called for request for proposal for the safe rehabilitation and development of the Jelutong dumpsite and proposal for a new site for the landfill, which is currently taking in only construction and demolition (C & D) waste and marine clay.
Domestic waste is still being sent to Pulau Burung on the mainland.
The closing date for the RFP is Sept 14.
State Local Government, Traffic Management and Flood Mitigation Project Committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow said that the successful bidder would be required to undertake an action plan to resolve dumpsite peat fires as well as to undertake rehabilitation/remediation work to make the landfill suitable for development.
“The bidder is also required to propose and procure new sites, which should be on the island, for the disposal of C & D waste and marine clay,” said Chow at a press conference in Komtar yesterday.
He said a mixed integrated development on the site would only be allowed after the completion of the rehabilitation process and the dumpsite is deemed fit.
He said the Penang Develop-ment Corporation (PDC), which undertook a two-year study to determine if the place could be developed, has received positive feedback from the consultants.
“But any successful bidder will have to conduct a more in-depth study including coming out with a comprehensive geo-technical report,” he added.
Chow also said the proposed development must take into consideration a proposed project nearby and the existing road network around the site and the master plan must incorporate a tentative connectivity to both.
The present market value of the site is RM500 per sq ft (0.09m), which puts the land price at more than RM107mil.
On the proposal for a new site, Chow said it would only be for the disposal of C & D waste and marine clay and it would have to be approved by the Penang Municipal Council.
He said the new place should have a minimum life cycle of 20 years, a 150m buffer zone from residential areas and must not go through housing schemes or villages.
“The company which gets the tender must surrender the new dumpsite to the state free of charge, as in exchange, it gets to rehabilitate and develop the Jelutong landfill.
“The new dumpsite need not be the same size as the present landfill, as it is only for C & D waste,” he said.
Interested bidders are required to propose the project schedule for the whole development to the state government for consideration. The schedule should not exceed more than 15 years.
Tenders will be open from March 12 to Sept 14, and bidders can submit their proposal to PDC at Bangunan Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu, No 1, Pesiaran Mahsuri, Bandar Bayan Baru, 11909 Bayan Lepas, Penang.