PENANG: Work on the Light Monorail Transportation (LMT) system on the island is expected to begin in early 2004 and finish by the end of 2007, said Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon.
He said the state government was holding discussions with the Economic Planning Unit of the Prime Minister’s Department on the project.
Dr Koh said two companies had submitted proposals for the project, using the “Made-in-Malaysia” system that was cheaper than those in North America and Europe.
“Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad also asked me to study the “Made-in-Malaysia” monorail for Penang following its introduction in Kuala Lumpur,” he told a press conference yesterday.
Under the proposal, the LMT would link George Town with Bayan Lepas in the south and Tanjung Tokong in the north.
Dr Koh said the Penang LMT would be a smaller version of the monorail in Kuala Lumpur as the island had only about 600,000 people whereas Kuala Lumpur had about four million.
He said several factors would have to be considered, like the fare, to make sure it was affordable, and also the route, so that it did not affect properties.