Penang requesting RM10bil for PIL 1 and LRT infrastruture projects

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 01 Aug 2019

GEORGE TOWN: Penang will be sending a formal request to the Prime Minister for a RM10bil allocation to fund the Pan Island Link 1 (PIL 1) and the Light Rail Transit (LRT) projects.

Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said the state secretariat had drafted a request letter and was in the process of checking it.

“Hopefully, we can send the request letter to the Prime Minister by this evening (Aug 1).

“The secretariat is putting in the additional facts and making a final check before sending the letter, ” he said at a press conference in Komtar yesterday (Aug 1).

The RM9bil LRT line will begin from Komtar in the northeast corner of the island and pass through Jelutong, Gelugor, Bayan Lepas and the airport before ending at the Penang South Reclamation (PSR).

The RM9.6bil PIL 1, meanwhile, is a highway project that will connect Gurney Drive to the Penang International Airport.

On a separate matter, state agriculture and agro-based industries committee chairman Dr Afif Bahardin said the state government had set up a task force to carry out a thorough study and come up with a mitigation plan for fishermen during the PSR project.

“A meeting was carried out last Monday (July 29) to discuss a mitigation plan during the implementation of the PSR project.

“The meeting was attended by Bayan Baru MP Sim Tze Tzin, Balik Pulau MP Muhammad Bakhtiar Wan Chik, Bayan Lepas assemblyman Azrul Mahathir Aziz, Batu Maung assemblyman Datuk Abdul Halim Hussain and Teluk Bahang assemblyman Zolkifly Md Lazim.

“Through the task force, we received feedback and a few proposals.

He said SRS Consortium would review these and come up with the paperwork and proposal before the state government could address the fishermen and those impacted by the PSR project.

“At the same time, the fishermen task force committees decided to set up a subcommittee, which is a monitoring committee to execute programmes and mitigation efforts.

“The task force has fulfilled Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s wish when he met the fishermen recently to come up with a mitigation body to mediate and discuss on the PSR project.

“What we want is not only cash handouts, but more importantly, empowerment of our fishermen where we make sure of the sustainability of the fishing industry in the area and the likelihood of the fishermen continuing and progressing as the project develops.

“It is crucial for the state government to sustain and protect the interest of the fishermen on the ground and also to mitigate and replenish whatever offsets caused by the project later on, ” he added.

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