The Federal Action Council (FAC) has warned the DAP-controlled Penang government not to rush the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) to approving the proposed the Light Railway Transit (LRT) project.
FAC Penang chairman Zainal Abidin Osman said SPAD needed a longer time to inspect the feasibility of the mega project, which formed part of the multi-billion ringgit Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP).
Penang government has submitted plans for its LRT project, that would link Komtar in George Town and Bayan Lepas in the southeast of the island, to SPAD.
“I urge the state government not to rush SPAD for approval as it involved welfare of the people, especially fisherman, besides having the heritage factor to consider.
“A detailed financial feasibility study considering the fisherman and heritage factors must be presented for deliberation prior to obtaining approval,” Zainal told a press conference after a book launching ceremony in George Town today.
Recently Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) conducted an in depth research on the feasibility of the project and has submitted its findings to FAC.
The findings highlighted on the impacts of the project towards the people, fishermen and also the heritage areas.
“The report will be submitted to the state government and I hope the authorities will look into the report before giving the green light for the project.
“There are many negative aspects that had been addressed in the USM’s report,” he said, without elaborating on contents of the report.
Zainal said being a contractor-driven project, the LRT project must look into the people’s welfare.
“As many say this project is developer – friendly, the state government must make sure the people are not affected. It should be a people – friendly project,” he added.
The PTMP is a massive effort to provide a solution to mitigate the worsening traffic congestion in Penang.
Besides LRT, it features an undersea tunnel linking the island and the mainland, highways, a monorail system, and extensive bus connectivity on both the island and the mainland.
SRS Consortium has been appointed by the DAP-led Penang government as the project delivery partner (PDP).