‘Pe­nang prefers 3rd bridge to un­der­sea tun­nel’

New Straits Times - - News -

GE­ORGE TOWN: The Pe­nang Un­der­sea Tun­nel project will be scrapped pro­vided the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment ap­proves the con­struc­tion of a third bridge.

State Public Works, Util­i­ties and Public Trans­porta­tion Com­mit­tee chair­man Lim Hock Seng said the bridge would in­volve lower con­struc­tion and main­te­nance costs.

“We will sub­mit the un­der­sea tun­nel fea­si­bil­ity re­port to the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment as sup­port­ing doc­u­ment for the third bridge project. If we re­ceive the nod for the bridge project, then the un­der­sea tun­nel project will be scrapped,” he said in re­sponse to a writ­ten ques­tion by Datuk Muham­mad Farid Saad (BN-Pu­lau Be­tong).

Farid had ques­tioned the pay­ment made to par­ties in­volved, sta­tus of the state land given to the con­trac­tor, as well as the sta­tus of the pro­posed third Pe­nang bridge.

Lim re­vealed that the state gov­ern­ment had paid nearly RM220 mil­lion for the three paired roads and Pe­nang Un­der­sea Tun­nel projects al­though con­struc­tion work has yet to be­gin.

He said RM208.75 mil­lion was paid to Con­sor­tium Zenith Con­struc­tion Sdn Bhd as con­trac­tor of the project while RM11.23 mil­lion was paid to HSS In­ter­grated Sdn Bhd as the in­de­pen­dent tech­ni­cal con­sul­tant ap­pointed by the gov­ern­ment.

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