GEORGE TOWN: The cost of Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP) did not ‘balloon’ from RM27bil to RM46bil, said state exco member Chow Kon Yeow.
He said the figure of RM27bil was based on the initial conceptual studies conducted by PTMP study consultant Halcrow Consultants Sdn Bhd in 2011, which was carried out without detailed study and engineering design study.
But after the appointment of SRS Consortium as the project delivery partner, several alternative modes of transport were proposed to the state government, he said.
“It has different components and modes, which are different from what was recommended by Halcrow.
“There are railway and highway networks in the SRS proposal, which costs about RM39bil.
“There will also be three major roads and the undersea tunnel project, which total to about RM6.4bil. That’s why we say the amount is about RM46bil.
“It’s not a case of cost escalation as the PTMP is based on two different studies,” he told a press conference at Komtar yesterday.
Chow said that when they called for a request for proposal for the project, anyone bidding for it could come up with his alternative proposal.
“They don’t have to follow 100% what is recommended by Halcrow. That was what SRS Consortium did.”
Chow said the state government’s focus was to secure approvals for the Bayan Lepas LRT, Pan Island Link 1 and three major road projects from the Federal Government.
He said the railway scheme of the Bayan Lepas LRT was submitted to the Land Public Transport Commission on March 28 last year, pending conditional approval for public inspection.
He added that the Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) report of the scheme was submitted to Department of Environment (DoE) on May 31.
It will be on public display once the department grants permission.
As for the Pan Island Link 1, Chow said the EIA report was expected to be submitted by the end of July.
He said the EIA report for the three major roads was submitted to DoE on April 21.
He added that the public display was being held from now until July 19.
“An advertisement has been put up, informing the public about the three major roads,” he said.
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