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Tunnel proposal to be studied carefully first, says CM

PostPosted: Wed May 11, 2011 5:57 am
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There is no guarantee that the proposed 6.5km tunnel project linking Gurney Drive on Penang island and Bagan Ajam on the mainland would be implemented.

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said he was not sure if the project would materialise but the state government would give it a try.

“All technical studies including hydrology test would be carried out by experts. The green lights will only be given if everything is done properly,” he said in his winding up speech at the state assembly.

He was replying to a query by acting Opposition leader Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahaya (BN-Teluk Bahang) who raised his concern over the project.

“Since a credible company Beijing Urban Construction Group (BUCG) has approached us, we can’t just simply chase them away,” Lim said.

He said the state would ensure there would be an open tender if the project goes ahead.

The tunnel which was proposed by BUCG stemmed from a memorandum of understanding between BUCG and the state government which was signed in Putrajaya.

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Pray for third link Tunnel could ensure economic boom for st

PostPosted: Wed May 18, 2011 3:33 am
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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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