RM120m bridge to boost Kedah’s Pulau Bunting
GURUN: Pulau Bunting, located off the central Kedah coast in Yan, near here, will not be an uninhabited island after October this year.
A 2.2km bridge costing RM120mil, being built to link the island to the mainland, will be completed by then and tourism projects will be undertaken to help transform Pulau Bunting into a tourist spot in Kedah.
The two-lane bridge, which is half completed, will link Kuala Sedaka in Yan and the eastern part of the 94ha island.
About RM40mil will be allocated initially to convert the island into a tourist destination with facilities for rest and recreation.
The island, which is 2km long and 500m wide, is mostly covered by jungle.
It is part of a cluster of four islands off the Yan coast. The other are Pulau Song Song, Pulau Telur and Pulau Bidan.
Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad visited the area on Saturday for a briefing on the construction progress.