New bus stops meet green objectives

Posted on December 24, 2011. Filed under: Environment and Livelihoods |

-New Straits Times-

PENANG Island will see the construction of some 150 new bus stops by the middle of next year to assure the community greater access to bus services.

A bus stop built with  polycarbonate material which provides protection against harmful ultraviolet A bus stop built with polycarbonate material which provides protection against harmful ultraviolet rays. It has solar panels to save on the cost of electricity.

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The project, which is  into its second phase, is being carried out in the Batu Ferringhi and Balik Pulau  by a private company.

The new bus stops, being built to international standards, will have CCTVs, an area  for parking  up to six bicycles, and solar panels  to light up the bus stops at night.

Viewplex (M) Sdn Bhd corporate affairs division manager Angelyna Radhi said apart from these new features, the level of the bus stops will be raised on par with the step of the buses and a  leaning rail to enable the wheelchair-bound to board the  buses easily.

Viewplex, a Penang-based business, is responsible for building the new-age bus stops at a cost of RM5 million.

“The bus stops are built using polycarbonate material which provides protection from harmful ultraviolet rays, galvanised iron and concrete, and the solar panels will save on the cost of electricity, complying with the cleaner, greener Penang objectives,” Angelyna said.

She said three bus stops in  Jalan Sungai Dua, Jalan Mayang Pasir and Jalan Tengah, were  completed in October.
“Each bus stop costs between  RM30,000 and  RM35,000 and we are targeting to complete 25 to 30  per month… we will also monitor and be responsible for   the cleanliness of the bus stops,” she said at a recent press conference here.

Angelyna said there will be two supervisors, two technical support workers and a host of general workers who will be charged with the management and maintenance duties of the bus stops.

Also, Penang Island Municipal Council’s Ramlah Bee said the work by the company was   welcomed as it promoted green initiatives.

“There will also be recycling bins, community notice boards, bus schedules and a map for the convenience of the public,” she said.

Ramlah said  contractors were invited to participate in an open tender last year to sponsor, build and oversee the maintenance work for the   new bus stops, as well as submit  designs for  disabled-friendly bus stops.

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