PENANG: The Penang Hill funicular railway system will be upgraded into a single track soon under a RM30mil redevelopment project, Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Dr Hilmi Yahaya said.
He said under the new system, it would no longer be necessary for passengers to change train at the mid-station, as only one line would be used to reach the hill top.
The private company undertaking the project submitted their plans to the state Economic Planning Unit two months ago, he said.
“The unit is currently studying the plans,” he told reporters after presenting excellence awards to about 150 students of SK Telok Bahang here yesterday.
Dr Hilmi had said in March that the upgrading work at the hill’s funicular railway’s system would help prevent frequent disruptions to its service, as the railway service often broke down due to faulty cable.
He had also said that with the upgrading works, they hoped the breakdown rate at the funicular railway would be reduced.
Dr Hilmi was unable to say when the works would start.
“I will not be able to give the estimated time when works will be carried out, but I can say right now that works will start soon,” he said, adding that during the upgrading process, alternative transportation for the residents living on the hill and tourists would be provided.
On the proposed RM200mil cable car link between Penang Hill and Teluk Bahang, Dr Hilmi said the same private company had submitted the proposal for the cable car link to the unit, and the route had already been included in the Penang Island Structure Plan.
“We are currently reviewing the structure plan for the environmentally-friendly cable car system,'' she said.
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