Penang Sentral

Cable car project realignment over Middle Bank raises concerns

Date of Release: 
Jan 29 2016

The Middle Bank is partly a seagrass bed – a natural marine ecosystem and breeding spot for marine life – located near the Gazumbo Island next to the Penang Bridge. It is visible during low tide.

A source told The Star Online that although the structures would have a small footprint, the construction would still kick up tonnes of seabed sediment that could hurt the seagrass.

“The cable pylons are 50m apart and the towers are 500m from each other. Middle Bank is 1km from the island, so how close will the pylons be to the seagrass bed?” the source asked.

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