I think this is a huge positive for Penang. The approval for LRT Penang. It’s definitely a catalyst. However, please do read this earlier article yeah. Constructing and Using are two different things yeah Beyond just completing the LRT, the state government must also have comprehensive plan on how to ensure the LRT is almost immediately loved by as many Penangites as possible. If it’s not voluntary, then perhaps a little more ‘pressure’ will be necessary. Please remember that until today, MRT has yet to become extremely popular. Many reasons were stated but if it could happen in the Klang Valley, it could happen in Penang too. As for now, let’s be happy that it will now be going ahead.
Article in thestar.com.my Penang’s RM8.4bil Bayan Lepas LRT together with a monorail, cable cars and water taxis, is part of the state government’s RM46 bil Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP). This LRT will begin in Komtar and head south passing through Jelutong, Gelugor, Bayan Lepas and Penang International Airport, ending at the Penang South Reclamation (PSR) development. The expectation is that it will provide a fast route to the airport and will be traversing across densely populated residential, commercial and industrial areas.
Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers Penang chairman Datuk Dr Ooi Eng Hock said he is positive that the LRT will bring in another wave of development into the state. He said, “The LRT will divert traffic congestion. It will attract new investments, make life easier for our workforce. I believe it will boost the state’s economy with another wave of growth,” he said yesterday.”
Transport Minister Anthony Loke announced that the LRT Penang project has been approved with 30 conditions which the state must comply. Loke shared that among the conditions included a detailed environmental impact assessment (DEIA) approval including traffic, social and heritage assessments. He also said that the state must now exhibit documents on the project for three months, and the final go ahead will only be decided after the public responses are evaluated. For a full report, please refer here: Article in thestar.com.my
I guess this is now the time to see how the people of Penang think of the project. We have heard of the many objections to the LRT project. I think this is now the time for all of these views to formalised and sent to the state and Transport Ministry during the three months period as stated. While I no longer stay in Penang, I feel that all views must also come with solutions for the sake of the future of Penang. Let’s have an objective discussion on what’s best for Penang for the next 50 years perhaps. Zero development is unfortunately not going to be a wise choice. LRT Penang meanwhile is still debatable for the next 3 months. Happy following.
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