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GEORGE TOWN, Aug 11: The Penang state government is expected to meet the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) next month to discuss its proposed light rail transit (LRT) project from Komtar to Bayan Lepas.

State Local Government, Traffic Management and Flood Mitigation Committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow said he would lead a team of delegates from Penang to meet SPAD chairman Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar.

“The meeting with SPAD is to address outstanding issues if any, that are related to our application for approval to build LRT,” he told reporters here today.

He added that the state will also know by then, its application for the conditional approval from SPAD for the project.

On March 29, the Penang government had submitted an official application to SPAD through the State Secretary’s office for the proposed LRT line.

Chow said the application was to build the LRT on an elevated system from Komtar-Bayan Lepas but the proposed project is subject to SPAD approval.

He said SRS Consortium, the Project Delivery Partner for the Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP), had proposed that the most efficient system to build the LRT in Penang was through an elevated system.

However, he said the state has yet to determine which type of LRT to be used in the state such as high or low capacity or even light rail vehicles but an announcement will be made after the conditional approval is secured from SPAD.

The Bayan Lepas LRT project, along with the Pan Island Highway Link and the reclamation of two islands off southern Penang, are part of the first phase of the PTMP’s implementation.

The RM27 billion PTMP projects also consist of a 6.5-kilometre undersea tunnel, three highways and the Penang Sky Cab.

— Bernama

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