GEORGE TOWN: The Penang government is asking for RM10bil from the Federal Government to fund the Pan Island Link 1 (PIL 1) and Light Rail Transit (LRT) projects.
Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said the state secretariat had drafted a letter to request for the sum.
“The secretariat is putting in additional facts and making a final check before sending the letter, ” he said at a press conference in Komtar yesterday.
The RM9bil LRT line will begin from Komtar and pass through Jelutong, Gelugor, Bayan Lepas and the airport before ending at the Penang South Reclamation (PSR) near Teluk Kumbar.
The RM9.6bil PIL 1 is a highway project that connects Gurney Drive to the Penang International Airport.
“The task force has received a few feedback and proposals.
“For now, SRS Consortium, the project delivery partner, will review and come up with proper paperwork and a proposal.
“The task force has also decided to set up a sub-committee tasked to execute programmes and mitigation efforts.
“The task force has fulfilled Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s wish of setting up a mitigation body to mediate and discuss the PSR project.
“We want not only cash handouts for the fishermen, but more importantly, a sustainable fishing industry in the area to safeguard the livelihood of the fishermen when the project takes place.
The PSR project near Teluk Kumbar is a massive plan to reclaim three islands measuring 1, 800ha or the size of 3, 600 football fields.
On July 5, the state announced that the PSR had obtained the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) approval with 72 conditions to be fulfilled.
The PSR is expected to generate RM70bil, of which RM46bil will be used to fund the Penang Transport Masterplan.
He said among those present were 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.
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