STATION 84, a popular rest area for hikers and cyclists going up to Penang Hill which was damaged in a landslide in 2013, has been upgraded and is now open to the public.
Located at the halfway point to Penang Hill, the newly refurbished rest area has an open air space, and ample parking bays for bicycles.
The upgrading works initiated by the P84 committee saw them raise RM150,000 in funds.
Works included a toilet, a basic kitchen area, a store and rest areas.
P84 committee chairman Datuk Jimmy Ong said there was a need for a rest area as this was also the mid-point for many other hiking trails from Ayer Itam, Youth Park and Penang Botanic Gardens.
“The old rest area is located a short distance away but the structure was damaged many years ago.
“The project was initiated by the Penang Island City Council (MBPP) while the committee helped raise the funds.
“We will soon come up with rain harvesting equipment, so that the water can be used to clean the place,” he said after the launching ceremony of the newly refurbished P84 rest area along the Penang Hill jeep track on Saturday.
The project was a joint effort between the Penang Hill Corporation (PHC) and the MBPP.
PHC general manager Cheok Lay Leng said the rest area is a great place to relax for the public while making their way up the hill.
“It is an opportunity for them to enjoy the scenic view along the way.
“Work on the project started in August last year and was completed this month.
“Hikers and cyclists can now stop over here.
“I appeal to everyone coming here to please keep the place clean and not litter,” he said.
Also present were Penang Housing, Local Government, Town and Rural Development Committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo, MBPP mayor Datuk Yew Tung Seang, Bukit Bendera MP Wong Hon Wai and Ayer Itam assemblyman Joseph Ng.
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