THE process of handing reclaimed land off Gurney Drive over to the Penang government has begun.
Sectional handover of the 53.05ha began this month, with the first 3.23ha land handed over to the state on Oct 7, state publisher Buletin Mutiara reported.
The full handover is scheduled to be completed in mid-September next year.
Fifteen delegates from the state government, headed by Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow, were briefed recently on the status of the Gurney Wharf reclamation project.
The briefing was held at the Seri Tanjung Pinang sales gallery in Tanjung Tokong.
Under the concession agreement between the state and Tanjung Pinang Development Sdn Bhd (TPD), the company is to reclaim and hand over 53.05ha of the Gurney foreshore land by December 2022.
TPD is a subsidiary of Eastern and Oriental Berhad.
The Gurney Wharf project is touted as the state’s seafront park-in-the-city project which will house a food court, restaurants, promenade, wetlands, beaches, children’s playground, skate park and water taxi pier.
It is expected to be completed in 2021 at a cost of RM180mil.
Its conceptual master plan is by Grant Associates, an internationally-renowned consultant architect involved in various international projects, including the Hive, Bristol Harbour Site and the Cambridge Accordia and also Singapore Gardens by the Bay.
Present at the briefing were Deputy Chief Minister ll Dr P. Ramasamy, state executive councillors Jagdeep Singh Deo, Yeoh Soon Hin, Datuk Abdul Halim Hussain, Soon Lip Chee, Phee Boon Poh, Chief Minister Inc deputy general manager S. Barathi and senior state officials.
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