We have the first Penang Bridge and the second Penang Bridge close to each other. So perhaps it is only fitting we have the ‘iconic’ first Botak Hill and the second Botak Hill next to each other.
While the spotlight has been on the ‘mitigation’ work in Bukit Relau, better known as Botak Hill, a couple more patches have been cleared just a bit south of Botak Hill.
The Botak Hill 2 image above is of Lot 271 (on the left) and Lot 277 (right) of Mukim 1, Daerah 4. What is the zoning for Botak Hill 2? Has this been rezoned as well?
Now, let’s take a closer look at Lot 271 (below). You can see a road right along the flat summit of Botak Hill 2. What is this road for?
The image below (on 9 January 2016) is where Botak Hill 2 (left) lies in relation to Botak Hill 1 (on the right ie Lot 11396 at the summit and Lot 303 down the road).
When did this clearing start? On 11 February 2013, the hill below looked pretty much normal:
But by 20 February 2013, a road had suddenly emerged:
Then, by 3 May 2014, considerable work had been carried out:
Now, we are told that ‘mitigation’ work is being carried out, which apparently requires a stronger, wider road. So they say.
But what many are asking for is complete ecological restoration, not mitigation.