Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Danger on Jalan Tanjong Bunga if new access road is allowed

MPPP's Engineering Department has replied to our letter dated 22 December 2007 regarding the above matter which is the subject of the planning application on Lot 418, Jalan Tanjung Bunga (opposite the Penang Swimming Club). It says: "This letter's intention is to confirm that the government is studying the developer's proposal and examining the safety aspects that are raised in your letter. As the road proposed for the stated development will connect to federal road (Jalan Tanjung Bunga), approval of the JKR Headquarters will be required. At this juncture, approval has not been given for a road connecting the proposed development to Jalan Tanjung Bunga."

According to the practice of JKR, a service road alongside the main Jalan Tanjung Bunga is normally required for any development abutting an arterial road. Thus you can see that Penang Swimming Club has provided a service road even though it has only a narrow strip of land, as in developments like Copthorne Hotel, the Cove, etc. Likewise Lot 418 would also be required to provide a service road if it is to be accessed from Jalan Tanjung Bunga, but would be impossible due to the site's topography.

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