Developer will revise building plans following complaints

Addressing issues: Patahiyah holding the full council meeting.

The developer of a proposed high-density development in Tanjung Bungah has agreed to reduce the number of storeys of the project’s two 49-storey buildings.

Penang Island City Council mayor Datuk Patahiyah Ismail said the developer verbally agreed to revise the building plans after she conveyed the concerns of the residents in Tanjung Bungah.

“I contacted the developer on Tuesday as the residents are worried about the height of the buildings.

“They also voiced concerns about the traffic congestion which the new development will cause in the area.

“So we have look into the matter and discuss with the developer to find an amicable solution,” she told a press conference after the full council meeting at the City Hall yesterday.

Patahiyah said the developer would submit the new building plans to the MBPP in two weeks’ time.

The project originally comprised of two 49-storey buildings with a total 550 units and a 34-storey building featuring 343 units.

A total of 21 bungalows will also built under the project.

Patahiyah also said that several road stretches in the area would be upgraded to ease the traffic congestion problem there.

Council Engineering Department deputy director A. Rajendran explained that the developer needed to finish the road upgrading works before starting work on the project.

The roads that will be upgraded are Lebuh Sungai Kelian, Jalan Sungai Kelian, Jalan Loh Poh Heng, Jalan Lembah Permai and Lorong Lembah Permai 3.

“All the roads will be upgraded to four lanes.

“Speed tables will also be installed in Lintang Lembah Permai 1 and Lorong Lembah Permai 3,” he said.

It was reported on April 7 that Tanjung Bungah residents were concerned over the proposed high-density development.

They feared it would cause more traffic jams in the area.

Desa Embun Emas Apartments Council chairman George Lee had said that the residents foresaw an additional 2,000 cars travelling in the vicinity based on an estimation of two cars per household at the new project.

The residents wanted all their issues and concerns to be properly addressed before any approval could be given to the proposed project. - By The Star

State bent on curbing traffic congestion

For a smoother drive: Upgrading work has started on Jalan Masjid Negeri between the roundabout in Jalan Tunku Kudin and Jalan Delima.

Attempts to lessen traffic jams will be done with more projects aimed towards improving public transport over the next few years.

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said road widening projects and improving public transport would be done at the same time by the Penang Island City Council (MBPP).

“A Request for Proposal (RFP) has been called for the project delivery partner. The relevant projects will be carried out gradually by the end of the year or early 2016,” said Lim at the launch of the upgrading work between Jalan Masjid Negeri and the Jalan Tunku Kudin and Jalan Delima round-about.

The upgrading effort was part of a RM22.6mil project to lessen the traffic jam at several areas within the island.

MBPP mayor Datuk Patahiyah Ismail, who was also present, said the project was to improve the roads and traffic flow.

“Upgrading has been done in Lebuhraya Thean Tek and the Lorong Batu Lanchang intersection, Jalan Air Itam which intersects with Jalan Masjid Negeri, Jalan Scotland, Jalan Gottlieb, part of Jalan Bagan Jermal and Lorong Batu Lanchang.

“The completion of upgrading projects since 2011 has lessened the traffic in Jalan Masjid Negeri and the surrounding area,” she added. - The Star