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Dredging work at second bridge stops

PENANG: Dredging work for the Second Penang Bridge has come to a standstill following a stop-work order, said State Tourism Development and Environment Committee chairman Teng Chang Yeow.

He said the state Department of Environment (DOE) issued the order on Dec 11 as the bridge’s builders failed to comply with a technical requirement.

“On Nov 20, approval was granted to the builders to dredge and dispose the sludge nine nautical miles south from Pulau Kendi.

“However, the order was issued when they did not submit a report of their mitigation measures for the sludge disposal,” he told newsmen after opening a recycling campaign at the New World Park here Sunday.

He said the report was among the department’s requirements and the order would be lifted once the builders submitted the paper.

Teng said DOE and the state Marine Department would closely monitor the dredging work to prevent any negative impact on the environment.

China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) and a subsidiary of United Engineers Malaysia (UEM), UEM Construction Sdn Bhd, are jointly constructing the 24km bridge between Batu Kawan in Seberang Prai and Batu Maung on the island.

The bridge will be the longest in South-East Asia when completed in January 2011.

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