There is no let-up in the development frenzy in Penang. The MPPP has approved a 44-acre RM120m theme park near the Teluk Bahang Dam.
The 17-acre first phase covers an adventure park and water park and will be completed in 2013. All in, there will be three phases over six years.
More details on the Escape Penang website.
The land, which belongs to the PBA, was leased (60 years?) to the the theme park operator. Word has it that not everyone within the PBA agreed with the decision.
I am not quite sure how the roads are going to cope with that and how the traffic impact assessment proposes to handle the extra volume of traffic on the narrow road to Teluk Bahang which also services all the beach hotels.
Another thought to ponder over … a water theme park on a beautiful tropical island with lush forest-covered hills? What has happened to our once blue seas and pristine forests? People used to flock to Penang to plunge into the clean waters of Tanjung Bunga and Teluk Bahang. Even Gurney Drive had clear water once. Tell me, what has happened to the seas and why? Is this the price of so-called development? What kind of development is that? Development for whom?
And another six hotels are coming up in George Town (The Star). While the hotels will no doubt be profitable, they will inevitably result in more congestion. Who pays for the supporting infrastructure needed to alleviate this additional congestion?