Proposed Cable Cars Will Not Affect Penang Hill Unesco Biosphere Reserve Status, Exco Says | Malaysia

A general view of the funicular station at the top of the hill in Penang, October 2, 2020. – Photo by KE Ooi

GEORGE TOWN, September 20 – The cable cars proposed for Penang Hill will not affect its recent designation as a Unesco Biosphere Reserve, said exco Jagdeep Singh Deo.

He said the projects introduced by the government, including the cable car, aimed to strengthen the state’s Outstanding Universal Value (OUV) in order to protect its two Unesco sites.

“We are looking at a larger situation, we will certainly not endanger such recognition by Unesco, we will continue to ensure that recognition is maintained,” he said at a press conference today. ‘hui.

The chairman of the local government committee said the proposed cable car project was already included in the review of the Penang Hill Special Area Plan (SAP).

“If we want to talk about cable cars, other countries which have received similar recognition from Unesco have cable cars ten times our size or even the same as ours, but that in no way detracts from the outstanding universal value of the sites”, did he declare.

He stressed that the proposed cable car will not affect the OUV of the Unesco site.

“Let me allay your fears, we are doing this for the best of Penang and the people of Penang,” he said.

Jagdeep said the proposed cable car is located in the transition zone of the Penang Hill Biosphere Reserve site where controlled activities are allowed.

“SAP looks at developments for Penang Hill as a whole and makes sure that all development is sustainable,” he said.

He said that the review of the Penang Hill SAP will include comments and public comments in accordance with the requirements of the review.

Meanwhile, the dike modernization work along the Esplanade is nearing completion after being delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Jagdeep said the dike project is expected to be completed by the first quarter of next year.

The seawall project is part of a comprehensive North Waterfront Masterplan project that encompasses the entire Esplanade neighborhood stretching from Dewan Sri Pinang to Fort Cornwallis and the entrance to Swettenham Pier.

“We also decided to create a public park from the cenotaph to the food court as part of the project,” Jagdeep announced today.

The park, known as the linear garden of the dike, is adjacent to the dike and it will serve to complete the dike and improve the open public space when it reopens to the public in 2022.

The public park will complement the Fort Cornwallis moat reclamation which Jagdeep says will be a tourist attraction in itself.

“The Fort Cornwallis moat project will start next year and it will add to the OUV of our Unesco heritage site,” he said.

The Conceptual Master Plan for the Comprehensive North Waterfront Project is developed by the George Town Conservation and Development Corporation (GTCDC), a tripartite partnership between the Chief Minister’s Incorporated (CMI) of the Penang State Government, Think City Sdn Bhd and the Aga Khan Trust for Culture.

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