Penang govt to continue cable car project with private sector cooperation

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Chief Minister says the public supports Penang Hill cable car project.

Bernama

The Penang state government through Penang Bukit Bendera Corporation (PBBPP) has announced its intention to continue the Bukit Bendera cable car project with the cooperation of the private sector.

Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said the project will resume in collaboration with the private sector after the RM100 million allocation to develop the Bukit Bendera cable car project was cancelled by the Perikatan Nasional (PN) government in April 2020.

“The state government feels that apart from the existing furnicular train, the cable car can be an additional mode of transportation, especially in reducing congestion during peak hours, thus contributing to Penang tourism continuous development,” he told a press conference today.

Chow said a pre-feasibility study on the cable car project had been conducted and a comprehensive assessment of the market, social, economic, environmental impact and so forth, had been conducted by high calibre consultants.

“Based on the studies conducted, there are several optional routes for the project implementation namely through the Botanical Garden, Youth Park and Teluk Bahang. It is even possible to build multi-storey car parks at different locations depending on the alignment and location of the cable car stations,” he said.

Chow said PBBPP had also proposed the use of electronic vehicles to bring visitors from the multi-storey car parks to the train stations.

According to Penang Hill general manager Cheok Lay Leng, a public opinion survey revealed that 95% of its 200 participants supported the project.

“Although one or two NGO’s have objected, they have largely cited policy and control issues.”