Penang tunnel could lead to even more congestion

The public display on the Seri Tanjung Pinang Phase 2 Detailed EIA has apparently been relocated from Level 4 to Level 16 in Komtar. I am not sure why. Doesn’t seem like much of a “public display” to me. Anyway, the display ends tomorrow, for what it is worth. Activists, however, are asking for a two-month extension to the public feedback period, which expires next week. The 800-page report in three volumes is long, technical and complicated and most people are still unaware of it. A hard copy costs RM500 while soft copies of the files (totalling 666MB! – interesting number, eh?) are too large to send over the internet.

Meanwhile, the Pulau Tikus state assembly rep has come out expressing concern about the traffic impact of the proposed cross-channel tunnel. “We cannot compare ourselves to Hong Kong because there are only 50 cars per 1,000 population whereas Penang has more cars registered than the total population,” she said. (more…)

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Penang tunnel: Comparison with Hong Kong flawed

  • Guan and Najib
    Guan Eng and Najib at the opening of the second Penang Bridge - Photograph: Bernama
  • bucg MOU with najib, guan eng
    Big Business: BUCG Chairman Liu Longhua signing an MOU with Penang CM Guan Eng on 28 April 2011, witnessed by then Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and PM Najib - Photograph: BUCG

The Penang state government’s contention – that Hong Kong has three tunnels; so why can’t Penang have one – is flawed as it is not comparing nutmegs with nutmegs. (more…)

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