Penang asked to consider MRT instead of new highways

GEORGE TOWN, 6 Sept 2017: 

A DAP state assemblyman today proposed that the Penang government build a Mass Rapid Transit line instead of the North Coastal Paired Road from Tanjung Bungah to Teluk Bahang.

Teh Yee Cheu, assemblyman for Tanjung Bungah, said the road would affect thousands of residents living in the Tanjung Bungah area and it was not expected to overcome traffic congestion there.

“I propose building the MRT. It is more environment-friendly, with the underground tunnel … like in Kuala Lumpur. MRT will facilitate travel,” he said at his service centre in Tanjung Bungah here.

The state government had proposed the construction of three major expressways under the Penang Transport Master Plan, from Teluk Bahang to Tanjung Bungah (10.6km); Air Itam to the Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway (5.7km) and Persiaran Gurney to the Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway (4.2km).

Teh said the state government should provide details and give a clearer picture of the three expressways project to be implemented by Zenith Consortium Sdn Bhd.

He also said that he had launched an online survey to obtain feedback from Tanjung Bungah residents and it would be conveyed to the state government.

“Residents can provide their feedback on the webpage or my personal Facebook page within a month from today.”

– Bernama

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