In the next few years several large-scale infrastructure projects are supposed to be implemented. These include Gurney Wharf, new motorways to relieve the congestion, a road tunnel near Gurney Drive to Butterworth, and light rail from Tanjung Bungah through George Town to the airport. There are others, but these are the ones that interest me.
What’s not improving is traffic congestion, but these new projects should fix that, with better roads that will keep through traffic out of the residential streets, enable people to cycle safely, and catch public transport.
This site gives some more information, but seems rather negative, and uses the “s” word. “Sustainable”. This word has a different meaning to the normal English meaning when the United Nations and eco-warriors use it. Think Agenda 21, which has morphed into Agenda 2030. You would think that collecting rainwater in your own rainwater tank was sustainable – but it’s not “Sustainable” in the UN sense as some US jurisdictions following UN guidelines (an even in Australia) have moved to outlaw it. You would think that growing your own vegetables in your home garden was sustainable, but it’s not “Sustainable” in the UN sense as some US jurisdictions have moved to outlaw it. You would think that having your house disconnected from the (electricity, water etc.) grid was sustainable, but…you guessed, this has also been outlawed in some places. Back to the topic at hand.
The March 1 – 15 State Government free newspaper, “buletin Mutiara” also gives some more details. But they don’t seem to have a web page – only a Facebook page. But I found the FAQ about the project online at http://www.themalaymailonline.com/what-you-think/article/faq-on-the-gurney-wharf-park-on-the-sea-project-lim-guan-eng
For me one of the most important points is that there will be almost 400m of sandy beach. They don’t mention if one will be able to safely swim, free of pollution and jellyfish. One of the few downsides of Penang is not being able to swim in the sea, so I really hope this is addressed.
Here are a few photos walking from Northam Road to the George Town end of Gurney Drive, and then towards the roundabout. I had more, but these few weeks the Telekom Malaysia Internet connection speed is terrible, and I couldn’t upload more.