Easing the building process

THE Penang Island City Council (MBPP) will allow construction works at certain categories of commercial and residential buildings to commence the day after approval is granted.

This is part of the economic stimulation package for the construction sector, said mayor Datuk Yew Tung Seang.

“Construction works can begin once the application for building permission and commencement of work has been vetted.

“Approval will be given to contractors and developers who have fulfilled all the requirements.

“We hope that the construction industry can take off as soon as possible during the recovery movement control order period.

“There are several categories that are allowed and the application is straight- forward and doable.

“They can start work the day after approval is granted,” he told reporters after chairing the MBPP ordinary council meeting conducted via teleconferencing on Tuesday.

The categories that are qualified include certain residential buildings such as terrace houses, bungalows and semi-detached houses.

Approval will be given to projects involving residential buildings of fewer than four units with valid planning permission and renovations on buildings that are less than 50% of the built-up area or less than 1,500sq ft.

As for commercial buildings, it only applies to internal alterations with no additional floors added.

During the meeting, MBPP also agreed to provide land for the relocation of two non-Islamic houses of worship (RiBi).

MBPP finance standing committee alternate chairman Wong Yuee Harng said the council had leased Lot 20479 at Mukim 11 in Southwest District to Persatuan Penganut Dewa Kuan Sheng Wu Zu for a sum of RM1,200 a year.

The council also leased Lot 4302, Mukim 18 in Northeast District to Persatuan Penganut Dewa Sri Muniswarar Batu Feringgi for a sum of RM600 a year.

The lease period for both lots is 10 years with an optional 10-year extension.

“The council has also waived the assessment fee for Penang Fo Yi Haemodialysis Society from Sept 25 this year to Sept 24, 2023. We will waive the RM237,200 assessment fee for welfare purposes,” Wong said.

MBPP infrastructure and traffic standing committee alternate chairman Edward

Tan also tabled several motions during the meeting.

“The temporary closure at part of Lorong Bertam in George Town for repairs is extended from Sept 29 this year to March 31 next year.

“The committee approved the building of a bus stop with billboard installation in front of Setia SPICE Convention Centre.

“The committee has approved the installation of traffic lights at the intersection of Jalan Tan Sri Teh Ewe Lim and Lebuhraya Batu Lanchang.

“The council has also approved the installation of seven more street lights on the island,” he said.

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