New malls, shopping complexes and condo projects could turn Penang Island into a concrete jungle before long. Take a peek at what the future holds for us.
Tan Seng Hai gives us a glimpse of what is in store in this presentation at Penang Forum 4. It is full steam ahead for mega property development in Penang.
It is not a comforting picture. Already the traffic in Pulau Tikus, Burma Road, Kelawei Road and Gurney Drive is horrendous during weekends and public holidays. Can you imagine the congestion once all these new property development projects come on-stream? Do you seriously think that spending RM8bn on a tunnel and three highways will solve the problem?
Penang has more motor vehicles (cars and motorbikes) than people. The solution is to improve public transport infrastructure first.
The draft Penang Island Local Plan allows higher density property development only in areas that are considered public transport nodes. But sadly, there seems to be little urgency in speeding up the process of implementing the Local Plan.
In the meantime, developers are going for the highest density possible.