The Transport Ministry has approved the 29.9km Bayan Lepas Light Rail Transit (LRT) project. Transport Minister Anthony Loke said the approval came after a detailed study of Penang Economic Planning Unit’s application to develop the project.
However, the approval is conditioned on the public inspection of project-related documents for three months, reported The Edge Markets.
“On completing the evaluation of the feedback received during the public inspection session, another application for final approval of the railway scheme has to be submitted to the Minister of Transport,” said Loke.
Estimated to cost RM8.4 billion, the Bayan Lepas LRT project will run from Komtar to Bayan Lepas and is part of the RM46 billion Penang Transport Master Plan.
The state government of Penang has lauded the conditional approval for the LRT project.
“We welcome the statement by Transport Minister Anthony Loke today relating to the granting of conditional approval for the LRT Bayan Lepas Pulau Pinang project under Sections 83 and 84 of the Land Transportation Act 2010 (Act 715),” said Pulau Pinang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow.
“The State Government will wait for a formal letter from the Transport Ministry before any further action is taken.”
Chow said Penang is committed to meeting all the conditions to execute the project.