A 2km-long bund off the coast along Gurney Drive is turning the murky seawater jade green at high tide. Pools of clear water are also forming at low tide.
This is a result of reclamation work by Tanjung Pinang Development, which is currently in progress within the bund that is approximately 100m from shore at the nearest point and 500m away at the furthest.
Before the reclamation project. (Image: The Star)
This area will be filled with sand by as early as end-November or early December in view of plans for the new Gurney Wharf, a 24ha seafront public park unveiled earlier this year.
Image: Penang Property Talk
Gurney Wharf, expected to be completed by 2020, will feature concepts inspired by famous parks from around the world. Among its attractions will be a waterfront promenade, hawker centre, pier, 400m sandy beach as well as a skate park.
This is by far Penang’s largest reclamation project. Other reclamation projects undertaken include high-demand areas such as Tanjung Tokong, Jelutong for the construction of Jelutong Expressway and Queensbay.
These projects caused a tidal flow change along Penang’s coastal areas and were suspected to have caused the water pollution along Gurney Drive, particularly after the Tanjung Tokong reclamation.