BUTTERWORTH: Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng has called on Penangites to pray for the success of the proposed third link, an undersea tunnel between Bagan Ajam here and Gurney Drive on the island.
He said prosperity in Penang could be gua-ranteed for the next 20 years if the project was implemented.
“I will visit the Beijing Urban Construction Group (BUCG) next year to know more about the third link project that they have proposed.
“The BUCG has completed several reputable projects, including the famous Bird’s Nest Olympics Stadium in Beijing,” he said after visiting the Butterworth Buddhist Association in conjunction with Wesak Day celebrations here yesterday.
Lim dismissed talk that the BUCG would pump RM10bil into the project as well as into two other road projects in George Town, but he said he did not doubt the company had the necessary resources to build the tunnel.
“We have yet to discuss with the BUCG how the tunnel project would be financed,” he said, adding that he would use the state’s open tender policy to determine the cost.
Asked if the project would affect Penang Port Sdn Bhd operations in the North Butterworth Container Terminal (NBCT), Lim said it should not be a problem, as similar links had been built in busier ports such as in Shanghai.
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