Kuala Lumpur: The Penang government has again questioned the delayed North Channel dredging project, which has been seen as an essential move to expand Penang Port’s cargo business.
The RM353m ($97.3m) project is expected to see the North Channel deepened to 15m to allow large cargo vessels.
Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng has urged Seaport Terminal, which has taken over Penang Port, to start the project soon.
“No work on the dredging has started yet. It is an obligation and a necessity for the new owner of the port to do it,” Lim said.
Seaport Terminal took over Penang Port last year and prior to the takeover, the port had proposed to dredge the channel.