GEORGE TOWN: Mega projects in Penang such as the Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP), the RM6.43bil Penang Undersea Tunnel and the three paired roads are now awaiting federal agencies’ approval, said Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow.
“The state has applied for the necessary approvals and we are waiting for the reply.
“There has been no indication so far that these projects will be reviewed,” he told newsmen when asked on the status of the projects after launching the Penang Stem Carnival 2018 in Beach Street yesterday.
The success of the PTMP, which is the state government’s multi-billion ringgit public transport project involving light rail transit (LRT), monorail, cable cars and water taxis, depends on funding from property development on a proposed three man-made islands known as the Penang South Reclamation (PSR) scheme.
The PSR is a massive plan to reclaim the islands totalling 1,800ha off the southern coast of Penang.
Chow had said they would start the LRT project, adding that since it was tied to PSR, the reclamation of the three man-made islands would have to start as well to finance the LRT project.
Another component – the proposed 19.5km Pan-Island Link I (PIL I) from Gurney Drive to the airport – also came to light recently as its Detailed Environmental Impact Assessment can now be viewed at 10 locations in Putrajaya, Kuala Lumpur and Penang until Aug 10.
On the RM6.43bil mega projects, works on one of the three paired roads — the 5.7km Ayer Itam-Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway bypass — are expected to start at the beginning of the second quarter next year.
On the status of Deputy Chief Minister I Datuk Ahmad Zakiyuddin Abdul Rahman, who is recuperating after a heart surgery, Chow said it would take two to three months before the DCM1 could come back to work.
“State secretary Datuk Seri Farizan Darus will be taking over some of Ahmad Zakiyuddin’s duties, especially the portfolio of Community Relations which involves the appointment of Community Development and Security Committee heads,” added Chow.