PEDESTRIANS can now walk comfortably along Penang Road near Komtar now that the walkway there has been upgraded.
Komtar assemblyman Teh Lai Heng, who led the press on a site visit, said the RM330,000 upgrading work from the Simpang Enam mosque in Macalister Road to the junction of Burmah Road and Penang Road was funded by the Penang Island City Council.
“The work along the 400m stretch included widening of the walkway, reinstalling of the tiles and repairing the drains.”
Teh said the upgrading was necessary as Penang Road was busy and the walkway could ensure the safety of pedestrians.
“The council also covered up the drains so the public can walk without fear of falling into the drains.” adding that the work was one of the 14 projects approved last year, costing about RM2.5mil.
Teh also said the council had recently installed 11 closed circuit televisions on the four-legged overhead pedestrian bridge, commonly known as the Octopus Bridge.
“This is to improve security on the newly upgraded bridge,” he said.
There are four lifts and three escalators for the public to use, including the elderly and the disabled.
“I urge the public to report to the council if any of the lifts break down.
“I’ve also requested the state Welfare Department to increase their patrols to ensure the bridge is not turned into a favourite haunt for vagabonds and beggars,” he said.