Penang LRT work to start next year


Construction of the proposed Komtar-Bayan Lepas Light Rail Transit (LRT) project, part of Penang’s multi-billion ringgit Transport Master Plan (PTMP), is expected to begin next year.

Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said the project is currently awaiting conditional approval by the Transport Ministry, which would likely be obtained soon.

He said a team from the Land Public Transport Agency (APAD) visited Penang about two weeks ago to view the proposed rail line alignment and suitability of locations for train stations.

“Based on their suggestions and comments, our team (state government) will make the amendments and improvements for APAD to advice the Transport Minister.

“With that, we will (then) be able to fine tune the alignment, location of stations and financing packages,” he told Bernama during his recent visit to the national news agency’s headquarters here.

A state-initiated project, the PTMP is expected to cost an estimated RM46 billion.

It features an undersea tunnel linking the island to the mainland, highways, LRT and monorail, and an extensive bus connectivity on both the island and mainland.

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, Loh Phoy Yen Holdings Sdn Bhd and Ideal Property Development Sdn Bhd as the project delivery partner for the PTMP and the South Reclamation Scheme.

The proposed projects in the first phase of the PTMP include the Pan Island Link 1 (PIL1) highway, the Bayan Lepas light rail transit system, and works involving several major roads.

The state government obtained a conditional approval (PIL1) from the Department of Environment (DOE) on April 10 after it reviewed the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) on the project.

Meanwhile, the rail line for the LRT project will cover 29.5 kilometres and 27 stations, running from Komtar to the Penang International Airport and to the three future reclaimed islands in the south of Penang, estimated to cost RM8 billion.

Chow said the LRT project would take between six to eight years to be completed and a public display will be held for three months to gather feedback from the public on it.

“The project delivery partner will assist the state government in implementing the project, secure the approval, get funding and deliver it according to the time frame, quality and cost.

“There should not be any overrun in terms of cost, time and other things,” he added.

Source: Bernama

  1. Maths
    April 16th, 2019 at 23:39 | #1

    Rm70b from islands, fund RM4.6bil ptmp for the next 30 years?

  2. Sam
    April 17th, 2019 at 07:54 | #2

    Did Penang govt consult the all mighty NGOs of Penang about that ?
    Look ! Too much face has been given to the NGOs, in turn we see their self-satisfying and arrogant demeanors !

  3. Sam
    April 17th, 2019 at 07:59 | #3

    Every which of them is trying to “show and protrude” themselves holding out as authority now !
    Anymore new guy coming out to show your face and be heard ?

  4. Economics
    April 17th, 2019 at 08:47 | #4

    Wins, end of the day

  5. Galaxy
    April 17th, 2019 at 09:58 | #5

    As a public display will be held for three months, I have a gut feeling that the NGOs will not miss the opportunity to gain free publicity again by that time, they will sure make full use of it. A new episode of never ending drama, just wait and see.

  6. Galaxy
    April 17th, 2019 at 10:01 | #6

    By the way, good job CM Chow, Bravo!

  7. Gabriel
    April 17th, 2019 at 11:24 | #7

    ECRL 44 Billions and will benefit people from 5 states.
    PTMP 46 Billions and will benefit only Penangites.
    Something fishy and stinks here.
    Make sure the corruption case associated with this project is investigated and dealt with first before proceeding.

  8. Sing
    April 17th, 2019 at 11:44 | #8

    Who wants ECRL in the first place? We are forced to swallow that white elephant.

  9. jojo
    April 17th, 2019 at 15:36 | #9

    Both ECRL & PTMP will benefit Malaysian.

  10. Finally…
    April 17th, 2019 at 22:36 | #10

    LRT for Penang

  11. Wei Yin Leong
    April 18th, 2019 at 08:33 | #11

    ECRL = KL ppls faster get fresh Sea Turtle every morning…..

  12. Kat
    April 19th, 2019 at 12:43 | #12

    Those NGOs people really kun beh cheh! Cannot wake up from sleep!

    Penang will be so complete with PTMP and its heritage status will bring It to another stage in the world.

    Look at London railway system, super comprehensive and do they lost their old antique building? NO!

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