GEORGE TOWN (May 17): Construction of the Gurney Wharf project, which is a park in the largest reclaimed township in Penang worth RM200 million, is expected to be fully completed by early 2025.

Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said the project involves about 20 hectares of reclaimed land at Gurney Drive, which would become the latest attraction in Penang and give economic added value and spillover.

"The Gurney Wharf development initiative began in 2016 with engagement sessions with all stakeholders including Penang residents to obtain views, input and feedback in terms of needs as well as the recreational component required by the community in the state.

"The project will be a promenade with a beautiful sea view, recreational park. hawker centre, parking and other facilities for the entire family to spend quality time and for better quality of life for the people on the whole," he told reporters after the Gurney Wharf ground-breaking ceremony here on Saturday (May 14).

The ground-breaking ceremony was officiated by Penang Governor Tun Ahmad Fuzi Abdul Razak and also present were Deputy Chief Minister I Datuk Ahmad Zakiyuddin Abdul Rahman as well as Deputy Chief Minister II Dr P Ramasamy.

Chow said two phases of the project development which were postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic will be carried out simultaneously after the ground-breaking ceremony.

He said the two phases of the project would offer a children's playground, skating park, observation deck, public toilets, pedestrian promenade, hawker kiosks, retail area, surau, landscaped area, recreational park and a multistorey car park.

"The state government is also taking note of the issues that have arisen, but I am sure the stakeholders in the project are aware of the situation, including ensuring that the protection of the environment and the marine area is an aspect that is emphasised during the initial planning stage of the project, " he said.

He said the state government had also decided to implement the Gurney Wharf project through an open tender and it had agreed to appoint TETO Engineering Sdn Bhd as the main contractor, while the appointment of other subcontractors would be announced from time to time.

"With the appointment of qualified consultants and contractors, the state government hopes the project can be implemented more systematically and comply with the set specifications. In fact, we have also instructed that the traffic flow in the area be carefully planned to ensure the safety of everyone, including pedestrians," he said.

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