10.5km road tunnel in Penang as part of Pan Island Link

pil1-updated-july2018The state government today announced an ambitious project to alleviate traffic congestion on the island, which will be undertaken through a 10.5km-long tunnel that will cut through hills and is part of the Pan Island Link 1 (PIL 1).

Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said the project will be challenging task, as apart from the 10.5km tunnel, it would also cut through several hill slopes.

Amongst the hill slopes involved are Bukit Bendera, Paya Terubong and Sungai Ara.

“When we build the tunnel, we believe the environmental impact will be similar to that building a highway through the hills,” he said.

Chow hopes that the public would review the report prepared by the consultant appointed by the state government.

The report can be referred by the public at 10 locations including National Library, Environment and Natural Resources Ministry in Putrajaya, Penang Island City Council (MBPP) apart from Department of Environment (DOE) and state government’s website.

“After receiving the feedback from the public, the consultant and the state government will provide explanations on the raised issue to the DOE,” he said.

The 20km PIL 1 is part of the three main roads which was included in the PTMP.

It is expected to reduce travelling time from Persiaran Gurney to Penang International Airport (PIA) to only 15 minutes, compared to current travel time which takes between 45 minutes to one hour.

Chow was speaking after visiting the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report for PIL 1 which was set up for public display for 30 days from July 11 to August 30 this year.

Meanwhile, he said the state government might seek funding assistance from the Federal Government if the proposal to build three man made island at the southern part of the island, dubbed Penang South Reclamation (PSR) were not approved.

He said it would be the its last resort by the state to ensure Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP) would materialise.

“If the man made island are not approved, then we will be forced to request the Federal Government to bear the financing of the PTMP.

“However we have not come the stage to think other funding modal. Everything is under control,

The Penang government plans to reclaim three man-made islands to fund the ambitious PTMP and has appointed SRS Consortium as the project delivery partner.

The PTMP project which was first announced in 2015 consist of light-rail transit (LRT), undersea tunnel and three paired highways.

The project will be funded through the reclamation of three man made island with the size of 809 hectares, 526 hectares and 324 hectares respectively for industrial, housing and commercial purposes.

Source: NST.com.my


  1. zzh
    July 16th, 2018 at 14:43 | #1

    In fact, the longer the tunnel is, the higher dangers there’ll be. Have Chow taken into consideration tanker explosion and inadvertent fire followed by earth collapse(土崩) ? Taiwan has had that a score of disasters but yet they have to build and use tunnels because of their very horrifying typhoons.

  2. A Penang resident
    July 16th, 2018 at 17:15 | #2

    Tunnel is better than roads as it will minimise the need to cut hill slops & trees.This will avoid disasters like landslides.There are safety protocols to be followed when building tunnels and these are nothing new.The engineering teams will know what to do, else I believe MBPP will also not approve their proposal.

  3. Quack
    July 16th, 2018 at 20:41 | #3

    Penang island is truly running out of space, quick buy balik Pulau before its too late.

  4. Balb
    July 17th, 2018 at 10:38 | #4

    Penang people don’t need such a project harming the environment. I don’t want a highway just in front of my comfort zone !

  5. Balb
    July 17th, 2018 at 11:07 | #5

    Penang is over developed with all sorts of rubbish.
    Don’t neglect the flora and fauna of our jungle !!

  6. Gurney
    July 17th, 2018 at 12:02 | #6

    Good. Looking forwards to reach airport in 15 mins soon.

  7. Zachary Hines
    July 18th, 2018 at 17:32 | #7

    Those who do not want development please move to the mainland. Thank you.

  8. Botak
    July 18th, 2018 at 23:03 | #8

    Greenery is good fengshui, needs plants with developments

  9. ali
    July 19th, 2018 at 10:12 | #9

    i tot the title said “10.5km road tunnel”, so they’re digging underneath the hills. will this affect damages to the flora?

  10. Zachary Hines
    July 19th, 2018 at 16:16 | #10

    There are lots of flora and fauna on the mainland

  11. Lily
    July 19th, 2018 at 19:18 | #11

    Can plant flora on top of tunnel

  12. frank
    July 30th, 2018 at 21:42 | #12

    No development then say Penang never change, always stay the same.
    Now come development, say this, say that. People can be very selfish.

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