GEORGE CITY, NOVEMBER 9 – The first phase of the Penang Main Transport Plan (PTMP) will continue according to plan, today the state legislature heard it.
Complainant Datuk Keramat Jagdeep Singh Deo stated that all infrastructure projects at the stage of one of the PTMP will continue after obtaining relevant approvals.
The president of the State Administration for Local Self-Government and Housing Development said that prior to the implementation of the projects would carry out the relevant assessments including the Social Impact Assessment (SIA).
"SIA for PTMP will explore all social impacts and existing problems while recommending steps to mitigate these problems," he said.
He said that the state committed itself to implementing only the project after the approval of SIA.
"We will take steps to alleviate all the social consequences that caused the project," he said in response to the additional question of opposition leader Muhammad Yusoff Mohd Noor (BN-Sungai Dua).
Muhammad Yusoff wondered if the first phase would continue if it was found to negatively affect the areas surrounding the project such as schools and cemeteries.
The proposed reconciliation of 10 kilometers of PIL1, consisting of mountain tunnels and elevated highways, affects nine schools along the highway.
Earlier, Jagdeep responded verbally to Ong Khan Lee (PH – Kebun Bunga) about whether the state government would spend SIA before implementing major infrastructure projects, including PTMP.
Jagdeep said the state government would ensure that PTMP meets all the criteria and obtains relevant permits according to the law before it is implemented.
"This implies compliance with the 1976 Construction and Land Planning Act, which provides for the compulsory preparation and submission of SIA," he said.
Jagdeep said that Phase One of the PTMPs included the Bayan Lepas Light Raul Transit, PIL1 and several major freeways.
"SIA has already submitted the appropriate technical departments for these projects," he said.
He stressed that the state will be in compliance with all laws and regulations in the implementation of the PTMP.