Chow: Federal government can review Penang Transport Master Plan

THE state government will leave the decision to review the components of the Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP) to the Federal government.

Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said this was because the proposal was at the Federal level right now.

“If there is any need to review the project, the Federal government can make a decision.

“If they require more information, SRS Consortium, the project delivery partner of PTMP, will be happy to supply the Federal agencies with additional details.

“We will wait for the Federal government decision on whether such infrastructure projects have to be reviewed or put on hold for the time being,” he said at a press conference after launching the Bukit Dumbar Reservoir 4 in Gelugor.

Chow was responding to a statement by Consumers Association of Penang which urged the costly project to be reviewed.

Chow who also commented on other mega projects in the state, said the state government had obtained approval for the three paired roads and it was financed through land reclamation.

“It does not involve Federal funding.

“The first road, from Ayer Itam to Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway is almost ready to be implemented.

“The road project hopefully will not be reviewed because it is ready for implementation,” he said.

Chow then urged the Federal government to review the Sungai Pinang Flood Mitigation project for immediate implementation.

“It should be reviewed for immediate implementation because it is long overdue.

“This project has been delayed for 18 years and at the moment the project is before the Tenders Board of the Finance Ministry.

“Even if it is approved it will take another 18 months because the design of the project needs to be completed.

“All other flood mitigation projects should be reviewed and they should be given immediate approval as all these projects are necessary to alleviate and mitigate flooding in the state,” he said.

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