Lim: Tunnel Can Be Replaced With Bridge If Federal Government Nods

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GEORGE TOWN, May 21 – The DAP-led Penang government was prepared to replace the proposed undersea tunnel with a bridge if the federal government gives its approval to the construction of the third bridge in the state. Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said the state government was even prepared to consider not to impose toll for the third bridge which would connect Gurney Drive on the island with Bagan Ajam on the mainland, if the federal government nodded in favour of the third bridge.

“The cost for the construction of the undersea tunnel is three times higher than the third bridge.If we get the approval from the federal government, the state government will build the third bridge and will even consider not to impose toll on users,” he said when winding up the debate on the motion of thanks for the Penang Yang Dipertua Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas’ speech at the State Legislative Assembly sitting here Friday.

Lim, however, did not answer the question from Penang opposition chief Datuk Jahara Hamid (BN-Teluk Ayer Tawar) who wanted clarification on whether the state government had requested the federal government’s approval to build the third bridge.

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