From The Star:
THE opening of the RM5mil temporary bus terminal in Butterworth has been deferred to July.
Penang Public Works, Utilities and Transportation Committee chairman Lim Hock Seng said although the terminal was ready last month, the developer needed three months to complete a temporary hawker centre nearby.
The centre, to be occupied by about 60 stalls, will be located opposite the terminal mainly to cater to the needs of the bus commuters.
Lim said work on the RM2bil Penang Sentral transportation and logistics hub could begin once the new terminal started operations.
The project’s first phase, which involves the construction of a permanent bus and taxi terminals with access to the railway station and ferry terminal, he said, would be ready by July 2011.
The former bus terminal, sited at the Penang Port Commission (PPC) Complex, could not be used after fire razed the complex in May 2001.
Fruit seller Mohd Sulaiman Ray Abdullah, 31, said proper toilet facilities were badly needed at the terminal, noting that presently commuters had to travel a distance to use the one in the railway station.
"It has been very inconvenient trading temporarily by the five-foot way. We hope the hawker centre will be built soon," he said.
Why did the government (both state and federal level) take seven whole years to build a replacement bus terminal? Four years from now, the replacement terminal would be torn down to make way for Penang Sentral. If this isn't considered as a planning problem then I don't know what is.