Seven spots shortlisted for new cable car station

GEORGE TOWN: Seven possible spots to build a cable car station in Penang were proposed during the Penang Hill Special Area Plan (SAP) (Substitution) public hearing.

The possible locations include Teluk Bahang, Balik Pulau, Penang Rifle Club’s site outside Penang Botanic Gardens, City Park, Penang Turf Club, near Penang Hill Railway’s lower station and Paya Terubong.

The proposed locations for the cable car’s upper station include the area near The Habitat, behind Penang Hill’s mosque, behind Penang Hill police station and beside Penang Hill Railway’s upper station.

State local government committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo said that during a survey conducted earlier on the proposed cable car plan, about 95% of respondents supported the plan.

“Conducted over two years, the survey received 2,000 respondents, ” Jagdeep told a press conference after launching the SAP publicity and public participation campaign.

Jagdeep said they welcome all feedback and want to give opportunities to Penangites to give their views on plans slated for Penang Hill.

“The public participation period is from now until Dec 28, with SAP counters open to the public for two months at three locations in Penang, ” he said.

Penang Hill Corporation general manager Datuk Cheok Lay Leng said the hill is a sensitive area so the SAP’s spirit is not to develop the hill but to manage it carefully.

“We want to ensure sustainable development on the hill so that future generations can enjoy it, ” he said, adding that an independent consultant is studying the proposed cable car station locations and will submit a report soon.

The draft SAP is now displayed in Penang Island City Council’s (MBPP) hallway at Komtar’s Level Three, Seberang Prai City Council’s (MBSP) hallway and Penang Hill Railway’s lower station.

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