GEORGE TOWN: A Penang Forum member said the proposed Pan Island Link (PIL 1) highway would only help to solve Penang's traffic woes for five to six years.
Speaking at a public event here, Dr Lim Mah Hui said traffic jams would once again be a problem by 2030.
"After completion of (the highway), you may enjoy the 15 minutes drive from Gurney Drive to the (Penang International) airport (in Bayan Lepas) for the next five to seven years only. Then it will be back to square one."
Lim told the audience that this piece of information was gleaned from the Detailed Environment Impact Assessment (DEIA) report which is now on public display. It was extracted from chapter eight (paragraph 8 - 79) of the report.
Earlier, fellow forum activists Dr Kam Suan Pheng and Khoo Salma Nasution tore apart the DEIA report, saying there were many shortcomings in it and that it was not a good basis to launch a mega infrastructure project.
Kam said that the DEIA report did not specify issues such as noise pollution and took for granted that traffic congestion would not worsen.
It also did not take into account the ramifications of climate change, wherein short bursts of rainfall can nowadays lead to flash floods.
The event drew a large crowd - the biggest since the Forum begun their campaign to seek public opinion to reject the PIL 1 and its subsequent second flagship project - the light rail transit system from George Town to Bayan Lepas.