CM: Lots of positive feedback for LRT project

  • Metro News
  • Wednesday, 04 Dec 2019

THE Penang government announced that the three-month public display session on the Light Rail Transit (LRT) project has received feedback from 23,218 people.

Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said that the public display ended on Nov 19.

He added that the majority of those who filled up the Land Public Transport Agency (APAD) proposal forms gave positive feedback on the LRT project which was planned from Komtar to Bayan Lepas.

“Of the 23,218 feedback forms received, 22,678 forms or 97.67 per cent supported the project while 540 forms protested against the project,’’ he told reporters recently.

It was reported that the state government started the public display process for the LRT project from Aug 19 until Nov 19 to get the public’s response.

Public examination of the

LRT project can be done at the APAD office on Level Three of Komtar, Seberang Prai Municipal Council in Bandar Perda and also at the APAD office in Kuala Lumpur.

In the meantime, mobile public display centres will cover six other locations.

The locations are Tesco E-Gate, Penang International Airport, Sunshine Square, Sungai Nibong Bus Terminal, Penang Sentral in Butterworth and Penang Skills Development Centre in Bayan Lepas.

Chow, who is also Padang Kota assemblyman, said this was to further measure support towards the proposal and the next step was to explain all the issues raised by the public concerning the project.

He said the issues raised

included traffic congestion problems, the distances of the stations from residential areas and unsuitable alignments.

“The state government, through its project implementing partner SRS Consortium, will give briefings and explanations concerning all the issues arising from the public display session,’’ he said.

The 29.9km LRT project will have 27 stations starting from Komtar.

The route will go towards the Penang International Airport and subsequently to three man-made islands south of Penang.

It was started by the state government under the Penang Transport Master Plan to overcome traffic congestion in the state, involving an estimated cost of RM46 billion. —Bernama

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