High-density project may cause traffic woes

Residents of Tanjung Bungah are concerned over a proposed high-density development, which is expected to cause traffic congestion in the area.

Desa Embun Emas (DEE) Apartments Council chairman George Lee said residents foresaw an additional 2,000 cars in the vicinity based on an estimation of two cars for each household.

“We are not against development but are merely concerned over the immense density of the proposed project. Such a project must be carried out responsibly.

“If the project is approved, surely, the existing roads will be barely adequate to cater to the increased number of vehicles belonging to the units.

“We hope the Penang Island City Council and state government will abide by the Penang State Structural Plan 2007, which states that there should not be more than 15 units per acre (0.40ha) within the Tanjung Bungah area,” he said during a press conference at the apartments community hall on Saturday.

Lee said at least two new roads leading to the main Tanjung Bungah road must be built before the actual construction of the proposed project.

He said that there should also be adequate buffer zone, at least 30m from the property of the affected residents, as well as a green lung and parks.

DEE council member Susan Siew said the residents just wanted their issues and concerns to be addressed before any approval is given to the proposed project.

“We want to know what is the state government’s policy on density and height of buildings in Tanjung Bungah and Penang island,” she said.

Tanjung Bungah assemblyman Teh Yee Cheu, who was also present, said he strongly opposed to the ‘height’ and density of the project.

“The residents here must let their voices be heard,” he said. - By The Star

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