GEORGE TOWN, Aug 12 – The Penang Island City Council (MBPP)’s road widening project in Green Lane caused a massive traffic jam early this morning, said Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) President S.M.Mohamed Idris. He said there were sixteen trees along a stretch of Jalan Masjid Negeri were slated to be moved for the road widening project.
“The uprooting of the trees was done at night, beginning last week. When it came to the twelfth tree, the operations hit a snag because workers alarmingly discovered live electricity cable at the roots. Fortunately for the workers, they stopped in time before any untoward accident happened,” Idris said in the statement.
“The question is how did the authorities not know about the underground utilities? Isn’t it vital for identification of utilities especially underground utilities in the road designing process? Accurate information about the location of utilities is necessary especially when excavation or grading work is under way,” he said.
“Besides potential damage to the utility, the information is important to reduce serious safety risk as it may result in death, personal injury or property damage. CAP had earlier raised the necessity of the road widening project which involves uprooting and transplanting trees. Our objections to the State and the MBPP were ignored, and the ‘Green’ mantra of the State remains a mantra,” he added.