Coffee stalls at Komtar pedestrian bridge?


A view of the overhead pedestrian bridge, known as the octopus bridge, which has been been upgraded and opened to public.

MORE activities have been planned for the upgraded RM6mil four-legged overhead pedestrian bridge at Komtar, Penang, including allowing traders to set up stalls there.

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said the Penang Island City Council would call for a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the project.

“People can unwind and drink coffee while enjoying the view from the bridge.

“We are proposing the selling of dried food and coffee only as it wouldn’t be proper to cook at the space available,” he said during the reopening of the bridge (commonly known as octopus bridge).

Work on the bridge, which began in May 2015, included the relocation of utility cables, building of three escalators, four lifts, installation of LED lights and upgrading of the bridge roofs and planting of ‘heliantus’ trees.

Lim said a tactile pathway had also been installed for the disabled at the staircases leading towards the escalators and lifts which will serve as a guide for them.

The upgrading work was sponsored by Syarikat Ensignia Construction Sdn Bhd as part of its corporate social responsibility project.

The firm will get a 25-year contract to lease out advertisement space on the bridge.

There are also 11 CCTV cameras to ensure the safety of pedestrians on the bridge.

Work on the four-legged bridge was originally set to be completed within nine months.

However, the work was delayed when the contractor failed to meet the deadline.

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