Good response for wharf project

The Gurney Wharf project has received positive feedback from the people so far.

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said although the state was still waiting for more feedback from the Gurney Wharf exhibition, most of the response received on the proposed project was encouraging.

“Of course, there will be concerns about the impact on the environment but be assured that the state will give priority to the matter,” he said during his visit to the exhibition in Gurney Plaza on Saturday.

It was set up to collect public feedback on the project.

Lim also gave an assurance that the new waterfront project, which is expected to be fully ready by 2020, would be of international standard and be the pride of Penangites.

“The state government desires that our children will be proud of this project.

“It is a gift for all Penangites from the state government,” he said.

On Feb 23, Lim announced the massive recreational waterfront project which would include a seaside food and beverage area, water gardens, beach and coastal groves spanning some 1.5km of shoreline.

To be known as Gurney Wharf, the proposed seafront public recreation area will be created on a 24.28ha plot of reclaimed land, using concepts inspired by internationally acclaimed parks.

“To be recognised as a world-class state, we need a waterfront of international standard,” Lim said, giving examples of the waterfronts in San Francisco, London, Hong Kong and Singapore.

The public can give their views on the proposed master plan by submitting them in the feedback box at the exhibition area in Gurney Plaza until March 6. - The Star

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