THE remaining eight out of the 12 routes of the Congestion Alleviation Transport (CAT) free bus service will be launched this month in Penang.
Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said the remaining routes were Batu Kawan (to be launched on Friday), Pulau Tikus/Tanjung Tokong (Saturday), George Town (July 10), Bertam (July 13), Bayan Baru (July 17), Alma (July 22), Sungai Dua (USM) (July 26) and Seberang Jaya (July 31).
“We launched four routes in Ayer Itam, Bukit Mertajam, Balik Pulau and Nibong Tebal earlier but had to put the rest on hold as it was time for the general election.
“Now that the election is over, we can launch the remaining routes,” he said at a press conference after the swearing-in ceremony of Penang Island City councillors at City Hall on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, on the developer of the RM6.3bil mega project offering a third bridge that comes with a Light Rail Transit as an alternative to the undersea tunnel project, Chow said the state was prepared to study the proposal.
He said the state would wait for the project contractor, Consortium Zenith Construction Sdn Bhd (CZC), to submit the completed feasibility studies.
Chow was responding to CZC senior executive director Datuk Zarul Ahmad Mohd Zulkifli’s comments that they had included a bridge option in the studies.
Chow also shared that the local plans for Penang island and the mainland were expected to be done by this year or at least in the first half of next year.
“I have ordered the state planning committee to also gazette the local plans but because the previous draft of the plans was completed before 2008, it will need to be reviewed first.
“If we move according to schedule, both the local and structure plans can be gazetted by 2019,” he said.