Sungai Dua is a residential neighbourhood on the east central part of Penang Island. Not to be confused with Sungai Dua on Penang Mainland, the Sungai Dua on Penang Island is bordered by Universiti Sains Malaysia to the north, Sungai Nibong to the east, and Bukit Jambul to the west and south.
The namesake Sungai Dua is a river flowing from east to west. It empties into the South Channel at the Putra Marine Resort Condominium in Queensbay. The river has a tributary emerging from Universiti Sains Malaysia to converge with the main river near the end of Lorong Helang. As with most of the rivers on the eastern shore of Penang Island, Sungai Dua is canalised for much of its route.
As late as the mid 1970s Sungai Dua was still a farming neighbourhood with vegetable plots covering much of its landscape. Since then it has developed with residential properties. One of the earliest was Lip Sin Garden in the late 1970s. This was followed by the housing estate at Jalan Merak and then at Taman Pekaka. As with elsewhere in Penang, Sungai Dua began experiencing high-rise development from the early 1980s.
Many of the high rise residential units in Sungai Dua lack adequate parking, forcing the tenants to park along the streets outside their block, creating undue congestion. The two main roads in the area are Jalan Sungai Dua and Lorong Sungai Dua. Both used to be country roads that have now become increasingly urbanised, particularly Jalan Sungai Dua. It is today a busy street serving the surrounding neighbourhood.
The Sungai Dua river, now canalised, at Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah (4 June, 2012)
There is a bottleneck near the Sungai Dua village, due mostly to cars parked along the road. With the removal of the Sungai Dua market and the redevelopment of that area, the traffic congestion is expected to be eradicated. Jalan Pekaka, the main road linking Jalan Sungai Dua and Jalan Bukit Gambier, is usually quite congested. That said, Sungai Dua is strategically located, and is close to shopping premises such as Queensbay Mall and Tesco Extra.
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