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PENANG AWARDS RM8BIL PROJECT TO MALAYSIA-CHINA FIRM
GEORGE TOWN: The state government has awarded the RM8bil tender to construct road and undersea tunnel projects on the island to Malaysia-China joint venture Con-sortium Zenith BUCG Sdn Bhd.
The project consists of a 6.5km Gurney Drive-Bagan Ajam undersea tunnel, a 4.2km Gurney Drive-Lebuhraya Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu bypass, a 4.6km Lebuhraya Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu-Bandar Baru Air Itam bypass and a 12km road connecting Tanjung Bungah and Teluk Bahang.
Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said the construction company would be given 44.51ha of reclaimed land in Tanjung Pinang in phases.
“One of the four conditions set by the state government is that the concession period for the third link will only be for 30 years and the toll charges must be similar to the second Penang bridge.
“The infrastructure project is estimated to cost less than RM8bil, and the contract will be signed in a few months,” he told a press conference here yesterday,
The Beijing Urban Construction Group (BUCG) had built Beijing National Stadium, also known as the Bird’s Nest, used in the 2008 Summer Olympics. It is one of the largest construction companies in China.
BUCG is among four local and foreign companies that submitted their proposals for the project.
Several non-governmental organisations (NGOs) had opposed the mega project and called for the state government to look into improving the public transport system first.
Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) Penang branch adviser D. Kanda Kumar said that instead of spending so much to build a third link, the state should instead use the money to improve the public transport system.
“Why do we need a third link when Penang already has two bridges?” he asked.
Kanda added that the group was concerned from the environmental perspective as the tunnel could lead into a mangrove area in Seberang Prai which was visited by thousands of migratory birds.
Consumer Association of Penang also criticised the project, saying it was unnecessary, a waste of money and potentially damaging to the environment.
Its officer in charge of education, N.V. Subarow, said the state did not need the sea tunnel project.
“The billions to be spent on the project could be better used to improve the public transportation system,” he said, adding that the sea tunnel project could endanger the environment.
BEST (Bridge Express Shuttle Transit) was first introduced by Penang State Government in March 2011 as the country’s first park and ride service.
The BEST service is an effort by Penang State Government to promote the use of public transport. For the past two years the daily commuter has
increased up to 800 commuters. As of 3rd September 2012, Penang State Government expand the service by introducing two new feeder hub at
Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang telah menyediakan perkhidmatan pengangkutan (BEST KOMTAR) dari Sunway Carnival Mall, Seberang Jaya terus ke KOMTAR khas untuk kakitangan kerajaan yang berkhidmat di KOMTAR untuk tempoh percubaan selama tiga (3) bulan secara percuma menggunakan 2 buah bas ekspress Plusliner.
Tujuan utama Kerajaan Negeri merealisasikan perkhidmatan ini adalah sebagai salah satu usaha Kerajaan Negeri dalam mengurangkan kesesakan jalan raya dan kesesakkan di atas Jambatan Pulau Pinang akibat bilangan kenderaan di dalam Negeri Pulau Pinang yang kian bertambah setiap tahun. Usaha Kerajaan Negeri ini juga seiring dalam memupuk minat Rakyat Negeri Pulau Pinang untuk menggunakan perkhidmatan awam seterusnya menjadikan pengangkutan awam sebagai mod pengangkutan mereka.
Perkhidmatan BEST KOMTAR ini akan mula beroperasi mengikut ketetapan berikut :
Tarikh pelancaran : 3 Disember 2012
Tempoh perkhidmatan : 3 bulan
Tempat berlepas : Sunway Carnival, Seberang Jaya
Tempat turun : KOMTAR
Bilangan bas : 2 buah bas
BEST KOMTAR A dan B
Sebarang pertanyaan dan aduan mengenai perkhidmatan BEST KOMTAR ini boleh berhubung terus dengan:
Unit Pengurusan Lalu Lintas
Bahagian Kerajaan Tempatan
Paras 20, KOMTAR
No tel : 04-6505681/5682/5683
Fax : 04-2616402
Perkhidmatan BESTKOMTAR ini akan mula beroperasi mengikut ketetapan berikut :
Tarikh Pelancaran : 3 Disember 2012
perkhidmatan : 3 bulan
Masa Berlepas BEST KOMTAR A,B,C : 6.50 pagi
Masa Pulang BEST KOMTAR A,B : 5.20 petang
Masa Pulang BEST KOMTAR C : 5.40 petang
berlepas : Sunway Carnival, Seberang Jaya
turun : KOMTAR
Bilangan bas : 3 buah bas
Bridge Express Shuttle Transit (BEST)
The BEST service was introduced by the Penang State Government in March 2011 as the country's first park and ride service as an effort to promote more efficient connectivity via
public transport in the state. On average, some 800 passengers commute between Penang island and the mainland daily. From 3 September 2012, in addition to the existing park and ride hub at Sunway Carnival Mall, the BEST service introduced two new feeder hubs at Bandar Perda and Auto City at Juru.
Save on fuel and toll charges, park your car and take a free ride on the BEST service. If you stay on the mainland and drive to work daily in the Bayan Lepas FIZ, the BEST service is made for you. Park your car at Sunway Carnival Mall for RM 1.00 (per entry) or park for FREE at Bandar Perda* and Auto City. BEST covers all areas in FIZ 1, 2, 3, 4, Technoplex and BLlP.-lQ the evening, the BEST service takes you back to your car.
* To entitle for free parking at Bandar Perda, user must obtain a special sticker at the following address :
Majlis Perbandaran Seberang Perai
Jalan Perda Utama,
14000 Bukit Mertajam,
Tel : 04-5497635 (Bahagian Kejuruteraan)
The express service will now depart from Bandar Sunway, Bandar Perda and Auto City Juru to FIZ Bayan Lepas, in the morning and return from FIZ area in the evening the operating
period for the express service is as follows:
Morning session 6:10am to 8:10am
Evening session 4:30pm to 6:50pm
BEST A - Sunway Carnival - FIZ 1, 2 & BLIP (via Queensbay)
BEST B- Sunway Carnival- FIZ 3 & BLIP (via Queensbay)
BEST C - Sunway Carnival- FIZ 4 & Technoplex (via Queensbay)
Juru Feeder - Juru Auto-City - Penang Bridge (NEW)