Focus on Seberang Prai - Big leap forward

SEBERANG Prai has seen drastic changes in just a short decade.


Once touted as a sleepy hollow, the now bustling area is home to major undertakings such as the Butterworth Outer Ring Road (BORR) and the recently approved Second Link project.

The proposed 23km-long link, which is expected to cost about RM2bil, will connect Batu Maung on the island and Batu Kawan on the mainland. It is one of the projects under the Ninth Malaysia Plan.

The RM500mil BORR will be open to the public in August.

The ring road will provide a faster alternative route for motorist to destinations in Prai and Butterworth.
Travelling time along the traffic jam-free stretch of BORR will take only between 11 and 14 minutes compared to the usual 20 to 30 minutes via the usual roads.
The BORR would also help to ease traffic congestion in Bagan Dalam and Butterworth. A majestic and vital feature of the BORR is the Prai Bridge connecting Old Prai Town to Bagan Dalam. The 1.85km-long bridge boasts a mid-span resembling that of the Penang Bridge .
Touted as Penang 's catalyst for growth in the 21 st century, Seberang Perai has everything, if not more, than the island has to offer.
It is strategically located near neighbouring industrial estates like the Bayan Lepas Free Industrial Zone, Bukit Minyak Industrial Zone and Kulim Hi-Tech Park.
Easily accessible via the Penang Bridge , the Butterworth-Kulim Expressway and the North-South Highway , Seberang Prai has also carved its niche as a shopping haven with shopping complexes such as Megamal Pinang, Carrefour Seberang Jaya and Makro.

A new addition to the list would be the Giat chain of hypermarkets which will be opening a new outlet in Taman Inderwasih, Prai, soon.

Source : The Star 30/6/2006 Close Window