Look at the massive sedimentation along the entire stretch of Gurney Drive today.
This is the sad state of Gurney Drive today as land reclamation work is in progress for a massive property development project on the western end (in front of Gurney Plaza).
Don’t be fooled by the open green spaces in front of Gurney Plaza in the artist’s impression of the Gurney Wharf project below:
The massive property development on the western end will then be connected via an eight-lane highway (blocked from view in the above graphic by the row of trees!) to the proposed RM3.7bn tunnel at the eastern end of Gurney Drive, like so:
What has happened to our enchanting Gurney Drive? Back then, we didn’t need no fancy Gurney Wharf project to enjoy a beachfront in George Town. This is something that newcomers to Penang and the younger generation don’t know.
But this beachfront was lost when sedimentation began eating into the Gurney Drive coastline.
What was the effect of the Seri Tanjung Pinang Phase 1 land reclamation on Gurney Drive? Was there even any monitoring to assess the impact on the nearby coastline? Now what is the impact of the latest land reclamation at STP2 and Gurney Drive going to be? Who will bear the cost of any further sedimentation and dredging that may be required?
The state Gurney Drive is in today is a far cry from even a year ago:
Today, while land reclamation work is being carried out, the entire stretch along the sea front is fenced up like a prison to prevent access to the beach from the promenade. Say goodbye to the Gurney Drive we knew.