GEORGE TOWN: Contractors involved in building the RM4.3bil Second Penang Bridge — although facing problems including contractual matters — are committed to complete the bridge by 2012.
China Harbour Engineering Company Ltd (CHEC) and UEM Builders Bhd both had completed all the necessary preparatory works.
The Chinese Embassy’s economic and commercial counsellor Gao Wen Kuan said the general progress for the bridge foundation was “very good” despite facing many difficulties.
“We are confident that once completed, the Second Penang Bridge will benefit the state’s economic development as well as the people,” he told reporters after visiting the CHEC office in Batu Maung.
He also visited the UEM casting yard in Batu Kawan and the dredging site. Also present was Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng.
Lim hoped everything could be settled before Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s visit to China at the end of the month.
“I won’t go into details about the problems that are preventing these companies from expediting the bridge construction, as these are not within our powers to solve.
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