Penang gets EIA nod for Pan Island Link 1 project

GEORGE TOWN, April 15 — The Department of Environment (DoE) has approved the environmental impact assessment (EIA) report for the state’s proposed Pan Island Link 1 (PIL1), a highway under its ambitious Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP).

Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow announced today that the state won the conditional approval from the DoE on April 10.

“The state considers it a major milestone achieved towards enabling the project to move on the ground,” he said in a press conference at his office in Komtar this morning.

According to the DoE’s approval letter, it received the EIA report dated January 2 and put it through detailed scrutiny, review and deliberation at the EIA Technical Review Committee.

The report was found to fulfil all requirements under Section 34A (2) of the Environment Quality Act 1974, the department concluded.

Chow said following the technical review, a revised EIA report was submitted to the DoE by the consultant through the state on March 22 and it was approved with 56 conditions.

Source : MalayMail