Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow (centre) speaks to the press after launching the 'cALLme CAB' application at Komtar, Penang. -NSTP/MIKAIL ONG

GEORGE TOWN: Penang government will not extend public exhibition of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report for the proposed Penang South Reclamation (PSR).

Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said that the public exhibition period had already been fixed, hence it should not be extended.

"The parties should make full use of the time available. We are not planning to extend it.

"Furthermore this is the second round of the public exhibition, They have ample time," he said after launching the 'cALLme CAB' e-hailing application for taxi drivers at Komtar here today.

Chow was responding to calls by non governmental organisations (NGOs) for the extension of the public exhibition for the PSR.

PSR is a mega reclamation project which will see the creation of three man-made islands. The reclaimed islands, with a total land area of 1,800ha, will be used to fund the state government’s ambitious RM46 billion Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP).

The project delivery partner is SRS Consortium, whose largest shareholder is Gamuda Bhd.

The PTMP project, which was announced in 2015, comprises a light-rail transit (LRT) system, an undersea tunnel and three paired highways.

Environmentalists are opposed to the PSR, saying it would adversely impact fishermen’s livelihood and the marine ecosystem in the southern part of the island.