GEORGETOWN – The Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) today urged the City Council of Penang Island and the state government to shelve the proposed widening of a 1.8-km stretch of Jalan Masjid Negeri to save the trees that would have to be felled.
CAP president S.M. Mohamed Idris expressed disappointment that preference was given to traffic movement over trees.
At the same press conference, a member of the City Council of Penang Island Dr Michael Lim Mah Hui said he would raise the matter at the monthly meeting of the council on Feb 25.
The council had reportedly said recently that it would minimise impact on the environment in the road-widening project.
It had reportedly said that only 18 trees would be affected along the stretch to Jalan Scotland from the Lorong Batu Lancang – Jalan Masjid Negeri intersection to the Jalan Air Itam – Jalan Masjid Negeri intersection, and that the number would be reduced even further.
A total of 33 trees stand on a side of the two-lane stretch that is to be widened to a three-lane road to ease traffic congestion. – BERNAMA