In traffic-blighted Penang, transport upgrade plans raise hopes and fears – Mongabay
In traffic-blighted Penang, transport upgrade plans raise hopes and fears.
By Danielle Keeton-Olsen on 3 May 2019 – Mongabay
(quoting Penang Hills Watch co-founders Dr Kam Suan Pheng and Rexy Prakash Chacko)
“To Kam Suan Pheng, a soil expert and member of the civil society coalition Penang Forum, there are several alarming aspects revealed in the EIA: she says the document failed to include assessment of alternative routes, and that several lapses in the planning indicate an oversight on the government’s part. “
“Geotechnical surveys of the Paya Terubong area from 2006 have shown the land is highly susceptible to “deep” landslides that involve further layers of rock, and therefore cause greater damage. Even if the drilling for PIL1 proceeds without issue, Rexy Prakash Chacko, co-founder of Penang Hills Watch, worries that departments in the state government are not working together to identify erosion risk sites, which was deemed a factor causing the landslide last year.”
“Since the 1990s, lots of rockfalls and landslides happened there, and also many landslides, but no one took notice of them” because there were no major casualties, Chacko said.
“It all passed under the table until the Bukit Kukus landslide actually happened.”