Speed up Penang Transport Master Plan to ease jams, state urged


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 17 Mar 2016

GEORGE TOWN: The Penang Chinese Chamber of Commerce (PCCC) has urged the state government to speed up the implementation of Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP).

PCCC president Datuk Seri Choot Ewe Seng said it was needed to help alleviate traffic congestion in the state.

He said tourists started flocking to the city after George Town was listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site in 2008.

“The traffic has increased tremendously and this problem requires an immediate solution from the government.

“Penang’s infrastructure urgently needs to be enhanced and upgraded or our economy will be adversely affected,” he said during a press conference at PCCC building in Light Street yesterday.

Choot said the RM27bil PTMP would encompass the light rail transit, undersea tunnel, Pan Island Link Highway and South Reclamation Scheme.

He said the mammoth project showed the foresight of the state government and was a grand vision worthy of support.

He, however, said the state should look into the feedback from non-governmental organisations.

Choot also lauded the efforts by the state government in conducting public briefings on PTMP.

“Having such briefings shows that the state government is transparent.

“We urge the relevant organisations to view the PTMP with an open mind and come up with something positive and constructive for the project,” he said.