Green light given

GEORGE TOWN: The Transport Minister announced that the Bayan Lepas light rail transit (LRT) has received conditional approval.

The move is seen to reduce traffic light congestion in the city and create a next wave of growth for the state.

Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers Penang Chairman Datuk Dr Ooi Eng Hock said that the approved 29.9km Bayan Lepas LRT will bring convenience not only to the local folk but also to tourists and investors.

“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.

Ooi also added that the approval of the project is the first step for a change in landscape and behavior of transport mode in Penang.

The approval with 30 conditions for the state to comply was given on Tuesday after a detailed study of the application by the Penang Economic Planning Unit (BPEN), according to Transport Minister Anthony Loke.

Loke also added that the conditions included a detailed environmental impact assessment (DEIA) approval including traffic, social and heritage assess¬ments.

He said that the state must exhibit documents on the project for three months, and the final go ahead will only be decided after the public responses are evaluated.

The state is committed to fulfilling all requirements, Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said as he thanked the Federal Government.

The RM8.4bil Bayan Lepas LRT together with a monorail, cable cars and water taxis, is part of the state government’s RM46bil Penang Trans¬port Master Plan (PTMP).

This LRT will begin at Komtar in the northeast corner of the island and head south through Jelutong, Gelugor, Bayan Lepas and Penang Interna¬tional Airport, ending at the Penang South Reclamation (PSR) development. The project is expected to provide a fast route to the airport and will traverse densely populated residential, commercial and industrial areas.

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