AN additional 270 parking lots will be available along nine roads on Penang island by end of next month.
Penang Island City councillor Wong Yuee Harng said the new lots would be drawn in stages and installed with sensors for use with the Penang Smart Parking system.
“Each road will have between 10 and 60 lots, depending on the availability of length and space.
“Most of these are commercial areas where the Penang Island City Council (MBPP) has identified some free space to be utilised for the additional parking lots.
“The contractor will start painting the lots soon,” he said.
Jalan Pisang Berangan, Jalan Pisang Embun and Jalan Pisang Rastali will each have an additional 60 lots, while Jalan Sungai Rusa and Jalan Thean Teik will have 20 more.
Elsewhere, 15 extra lots will be drawn in Jalan Kampung Bukit and Lintang Bukit Penara 10, with Tingkat Mahsuri 2 and Lorong Zoo Enam having 10 more.
There are now almost 18,000 parking lots on the island under the MBPP.
Earlier during a meeting at MBPP, Wong announced that the council had approved the exemption of the annual assessment tax for several organisations.
Among them were Mount Miriam Cancer Hospital which received an exemption of RM545,000, and Women’s Centre for Change which got an exemption of RM146,140.
Meanwhile, a 70% discount was given on RM423,895 rental arrears for the City Stadium.
With the discount, the amount payable by Penang Football Association was RM127,168.50 as RM296,726.50 was exempted.
At the meeting, MBPP mayor Datuk Yew Tung Seang and councillors also observed a moment of silence for former MBPP mayor Datuk Patahiyah Ismail who passed away on March 23.