A COMMON walkway will be built to link the platforms of the seven Weld Quay clan jetties to enable visitors to walk along the seafront, said State Tourism Development and Environ-ment Committee chairman Teng Chang Yeow.
He said currently, access between the jetties was by the main road.
“Most tourists only visit the Chew and Lee jetties. Once the new walkway is built, people can visit all the jetties while enjoying the view of the seafront,” he said.
The other jetties are Ong Jetty, Lim Jetty, Tan Jetty and Chap Seh Keo (mixed surname jetty).
Teng also said a piece of land between the Lee and Tan jetties would be landscaped while abandoned boats near the jetties would be restored.
The Penang Heritage Trust and Gerakan's Tanjung Election Steering Task Force (Test) were also designing proper signages to be placed in front of each jetty, he said.
On the current RM140,000 clean-up project in the jetties by Test and Penang Municipal Council, he said 103.5 tonnes of rubbish had so far been collected in the past eight days.
“Out of this total, 71.5 tonnes comprising 95% plastic waste came from Chew Jetty.
“The layer of rubbish here measured 1.5 metres from the seabed. One could play football on top of the hardened rubbish,” he said.
He added that the job would finish in less than three months as the number of volunteers had increased to 60 now.