Concerns over DAP's $15b transport plan for Penang

Land reclamation at Penang's famous Gurney Drive beachfront (above). To finance the transport masterplan, the state government is proposing to reclaim land to build three islands for development on Penang's south coast totalling 1,738ha, nearly four
Land reclamation at Penang's famous Gurney Drive beachfront (above). To finance the transport masterplan, the state government is proposing to reclaim land to build three islands for development on Penang's south coast totalling 1,738ha, nearly four times the size of Sentosa, sparking fears of damage to marine ecology.ST PHOTOS: SHANNON TEOH

State proposes Malaysia's most expensive infrastructure project

A planned highway that will soar over green public parks and tunnel into mountains, an undersea road link, monorail and light rail transit (LRT) lines and a swathe of other roads make up Penang's ambitious RM46 billion (S$15.2 billion) plan to resolve its traffic woes.

This makes the Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP) Malaysia's most expensive infrastructure project. Yet it would serve just 1.8 million people living in Malaysia's second smallest state by land mass.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 02, 2019, with the headline 'Concerns over DAP's $15b transport plan for Penang'. Print Edition | Subscribe