Penang residents reject cable car project

Penang residents reject cable car project
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GEORGE TOWN: Residents here are not keen on the state government's plan to have a 3km mainland-to-island cable car project.

The project, announced by Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng on Wednesday, led to a my­­riad of comments on The Star Online's Facebook page.

Many called for the idea to be dropped in favour of solutions to the island's traffic jam and improvements to the ferry service.

The island's rush hour traffic snarl seemed to be on their minds as they wondered about the feasibility of such a cable car system, which is projected to transport 1,000 people per hour per direction by 2018.

"Sir, I don't think building a cable car to the mainland is a good idea. Try investing in other areas like public transport. Upgrade the ferry or stuff like that," wrote Grace Mah.

Nadhirah Rosdi posted: "No thanks. I prefer ferry or bridge over the cable car. Which is faster and cheaper and where do you expect us to park our cars? Can we bring our cars along using the cable car? Just upgrade the ferry service."

Er Liang Chye said: "Are you kidding? This is not a priority project and it's going to cost the money of the rakyat."

"Waste of money. The two bridges are more than enough. Don't copy Singapore. Sentosa Island is purely a tourist attraction so it's worth it for them to have cable car. Penang to mainland doesn't make any sense," wrote Santhiskumari Ramalingam.

Several Facebook users showed that they were aware that the ferry service came under the purview of the Federal Govern­ment and called on Lim to work with Kuala Lumpur to enhance the service.

On the other hand, more people lauded the announcement of the 17.5km LRT project linking Komtar to the Penang Inter­national Airport.

Some of them, however, were aware that it could entail the reclamation of Penang's Middle Bank near the mouth of Sungai Pinang and they objected to it.

Meanwhile, Lim said the state government did not need to apply to the Transport Ministry to implement the cable car system.

"Each gondola ferries only 10 passengers. Therefore, it cannot be considered as a public transport.

"The system can be an alternative and light public transport for people," he told a press conference yesterday.

The proposed Penang Sky Cab provides a 3km aerial link from Penang Sentral in Butterworth to Gat Lebuh Noordin on the island.

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