Tunnelling work for PIL 1 will be slow but safe

August 10th, 2018 Leave a comment
Source: TheStar

Source: TheStar

It will take about five years to drill a tunnel from the hill face behind Kek Lok Si Temple to Paya Terubong.

Miners will drill into the hill “metre by metre” to ensure minimum impact to the environment and soil structure, said Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow.

“They will make small, controlled charges and shape the tunnel as they go. It’s not like quarry blasts,” he said.

Szeto Wai Loong, the project director of SRS Consortium, which is the project delivery partner of the Penang Transport Master Plan, explained that the technique is called chemical blasting.

“There will be no risk to any structures above ground as there is much less smoke and vibration. But it’s much more expensive,” he said in a press conference on Tuesday.

Asked if there was a way to keep the Pan Island Link (PIL) 1 section near Kek Lok Si and the Air Itam Dam completely underground, Szeto said that was impossible because of the valley from the dam to the old Ayer Itam town.

The current proposed alignment will see a six-lane tunnel from Penang City Park ending on one side of this valley, a 300m elevated highway across the valley and another tunnel created behind the 125-year-old monastery leading to Paya Terubong.

The work will involve the transportation of thousands of tonnes of excavated rubble through Jalan Balik Pulau, the steep and winding road that is the only way to Kek Lok Si and the Air Itam Dam.

Szeto said the planners were keenly aware of the challenges of transporting the rubble, adding: “We will do our best not to disrupt people’s lives. This includes working at night and not blocking the roads during peak hours.”

During the press conference, Chow was asked about the objection from some local NGO members, who argued that it was not worth the cost and effort just to be able to drive from Gurney Drive to the airport in 15 minutes.

“It may take just 15 minutes for one person. Multiply that by 1.6 million Penangites and six million tourists.

“How many man-hours lost in traffic congestion will Penang be able to save with PIL 1? How much more productivity will we gain from this?” Chow asked.

Source: TheStar.com.my


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  1. Urban International Artist
    August 10th, 2018 at 12:23 | #1

    Stop all the unnecessary developments in Penang. We don’t need PIL we are not SICK at all !

  2. It is necessary
    August 10th, 2018 at 13:02 | #2

    We are not sick, we penangites need Penang to develop n move forward.

  3. LL1
    August 10th, 2018 at 16:25 | #3

    I don’t mind to driver for 2hours to reach FTZ everyday as long as petrol is free. I don’t care it pollute air or not.

  4. Zachary Hines
    August 10th, 2018 at 19:08 | #4

    PIL 1 is the way forward. For those with vested interest please think for the better good of everyone. Please go ahead with PIL1. Thank you for your great foresight Penang Government

  5. Penang Banker
    August 11th, 2018 at 11:04 | #5

    Penang govt is bulldozing through the PIL 1 and will continue to go with PIL 2 and PIL 3 soon. Very arrogant DAPi-G ! All the people of Penang must stand up to protest NOW !

  6. We love Penang
    August 11th, 2018 at 11:27 | #6

    PIL 2&3 very soon? Never heard of it. Don’t simply condemn without basis and proof. We the Penang people will give our fullest supports. Don’t worry.

  7. Penang Auntie
    August 11th, 2018 at 12:03 | #7

    Auntie support. Auntie don’t want traffic jam.

  8. ezalor
    August 11th, 2018 at 13:07 | #8

    Those so called “NGOs” go to he**! You dont represent me!

  9. Andy
    August 11th, 2018 at 13:20 | #9

    We vote PH for development.
    Without proper infrastructure, we will be left behind.
    With more cars coming into Penang island,the traffic is getting worse especially holidays.

  10. We love Penang
    August 11th, 2018 at 14:53 | #10

    We the Penang people will give our fullest supports to the Penang government. Don’t worry.

    Good job CM Chow!

  11. zzh
    August 11th, 2018 at 16:23 | #11


  12. Lego
    August 12th, 2018 at 00:17 | #12

    Traffic jam will cause more air pollution, medical problems…

  13. Syed
    August 13th, 2018 at 10:16 | #13

    Sokongan penuh untuk kerajaan PH and KM Chow untuk membangunkan infrastuktur jalanraya dan pengakutan lain seperti LRT, Monorail, Lebuhraya dsbnya.

  14. bokkua
    August 13th, 2018 at 13:21 | #14

    This is a very good opportunity for CM Chow to listen to all the concerns, provided he is willing to. I believe with today’s technology, all these concerns can be addressed accordingly. It is only a matter of whether CM Chow is brave enough and democratic enough to listen.

  15. Transport
    August 13th, 2018 at 20:32 | #15

    Chow like transport minister

  16. Penangites
    August 14th, 2018 at 10:58 | #16

    If Penang can have better safety and Security as SG, we wont mind taking LRT to work and all!
    Penang Jam is not because of Road, Tunnels, Highways but mostly the people attitude 😉

    BTW: don’t act like you care about the Tree’s + Mountain when you cant even have courtesy of throwing rubbish at the dustbin :)

  17. huatchye
    August 14th, 2018 at 17:20 | #17


    Dont be so “sua-pah-kau” lah pls. Looks like you have not taken public transport in Penang before. It is in fact very safe, and comfortable. I live in Tanjung Tokong, and I take public transport quite often when my driver is not working on weekends. Never had any trouble. I agree with you though, that drivers’ attitude is the main cause of penang traffic jam. BTW, I care about the surroundings of where I live, and that include the trees and hills, as well as I throw rubbish into the bins. Just because you don’t, doesn’t make everyone else the same.:)

  18. Penangite-2
    August 14th, 2018 at 18:13 | #18

    Penangites :
    If Penang can have better safety and Security as SG, we wont mind taking LRT to work and all!
    Penang Jam is not because of Road, Tunnels, Highways but mostly the people attitude
    BTW: don’t act like you care about the Tree’s + Mountain when you cant even have courtesy of throwing rubbish at the dustbin

    well said. some selfish ppl just suka-suka stop by the roadside (to buy TOTO 4D, to tapao food),creating massive traffic jam behind….they cant even park their car far a bit and walk. You expect them to walk and taking LRT.??

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