Penang Hill cable car project is still in the plan


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The proposed Penang Hill cable car project does not affect the Unesco recognition of the Penang Hill Biosphere Reserve, says state Local Government, Housing, Town and Planning Committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo.

He said many areas which have been listed as Unesco biosphere reserves throughout the world have cable car projects, some even 10 times larger than the one proposed for Penang.

“The proposed Penang Hill cable car project is located in the transition zone of the Penang Hill Biosphere Reserve and is thus allowed.

“The Unesco listing of the Penang Hill Biosphere Reserve is another feather in our cap. To all the naysayers out there, it is not easy for us to achieve it.

“We will ensure the status is maintained under this Penang government’s watch,” Jagdeep said during a press conference on the current status of the Penang Hill Special Area Plan and the George Town World Heritage Site near the Clock Tower in Light Street on Monday.

He continued: “We want to allay your fears; we are doing this for the better of Penang.

“Just like the Gurney Wharf, the response is overwhelming. We want to move forward and we will certainly not endanger such recognition because we love Penang.”

Jagdeep also commended Penang Hill Corporation general manager Datuk Cheok Lay Leng and other stakeholders for successfully obtaining the Unesco listing for the Penang Hill Biosphere Reserve.

The Federal Government, under Pakatan Harapan, announced a RM100 million initial allocation for the cable car project but after its fall, the incoming Pakatan Nasional government rescinded the decision in April 2020.

The Penang government then decided the cable car project to be built under a public-private financing model.

Cheok said many renowned national parks, nature reserves and even Unesco World Heritage Sites and Biosphere Reserves around the world, like in Africa, Japan and China, have cable car system.

“Cable car system is very environmental-friendly. Its construction does not require massive deforestation so this will not bring detrimental effects to the environment.

“Cable cars run on electric power and has low noise pollution.

“Furthermore, cable cars will help the older folks to go up and down the hill and still enjoy the scenery.

“We will ensure the project is well planned and executed in accordance with the stringent technical and safety requirements, and more importantly, meet environmental standards,” Cheok said during a phone interview.

Source: Buletin Mutiara

  1. tahusamatahu
    September 22nd, 2021 at 16:22 | #1

    It should be viable given the very limited attractions in Penang.

  2. Penangites
    September 23rd, 2021 at 09:34 | #2

    If course its in the plan. Penang is a city of plans.

  3. williamyl
    September 24th, 2021 at 10:48 | #3

    Fast fast build la all is plan…….
    when NGO come this cannot that cannot…….
    Now LRT also no sound anymore……
    Bloody helll NGO sound good but is pull back the develope of the Penang.

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