I was on the road today and, looking at the traffic, I couldn’t help wondering what the Penang government’s plans are to ease congestion in the state.
Surely, there is an urgent need to engage a planning expert come up with a blueprint for sustainable transport management, which would also include pedestrian-friendly streets, cycling lanes, buses, other forms of public transport, and ferries. A masterplan should be drawn up to plan the traffic corridors and ensure that future property development projects fit into this blueprint.
So here are some questions for the state government:
- Is it thinking of engaging a sustainable transport planning expert?
- Does it have a budget for this? And if so, how much?
- If it has plans to engage a consultant, would the process be done transparently and with an open tender in line with CAT?
- Would the consultant be independent of vested corporate interests and transport infrastructure projects?
- Would the consultant have an excellent track record of sustainable transport involvement – without any past association with crony, discredited or unsustainable projects (such as the PGCC)?