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Penang Hill cable car project breaks ground

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In a landmark event heralding a new chapter for Penang’s iconic landscape, the groundbreaking ceremony for the Penang Hill Cable Car project was recently held at the Penang Botanic Gardens. The ceremony, officiated by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, marks the culmination of meticulous planning and signals the beginning of physical construction for this eagerly awaited project.

Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow, in his address, described the occasion as historic for Penang, emphasizing the project’s role in enhancing connectivity and accessibility to Penang Hill. With its 2.73-kilometer route spanning from the Penang Botanic Gardens to the summit of Penang Hill, the cable car promises not only to ease transportation but also to elevate Penang Hill as a premier tourist attraction.

Scheduled for completion in the third quarter of 2026, the cable car system will feature 50 eight-seater gondolas, ensuring a quick and scenic ride of less than 10 minutes. This development aligns with sustainable practices, committed to achieving Green Building Index (GBI) Gold certification, highlighting Penang’s dedication to environmental stewardship.

The project, spearheaded by the Penang Hill Corporation (PHC) and awarded through a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) to Hartasuma Sdn Bhd, represents a strategic investment in Penang’s tourism infrastructure. Hartasuma’s commitment to eco-friendly construction methods and energy-efficient technologies underscores their pledge to minimize environmental impact while maximizing visitor experience.

Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim praised the collaborative efforts of all stakeholders involved and emphasized the project’s importance in fostering sustainable tourism. He stressed the significance of preserving Penang’s rich biodiversity and cultural heritage, urging rigorous environmental monitoring throughout the construction phase.

Moreover, the integration of an electric feeder bus service linking the Botanic Gardens station with the Air Itam funicular station promises seamless connectivity for visitors. This cohesive transit loop not only enhances accessibility but also supports local communities and economic growth.

As Penang prepares to embark on other transformative projects like the Penang International Airport expansion and the LRT system, these initiatives underscore Penang’s ambition to emerge as a leading global destination, blending cultural vibrancy with sustainable development.

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