Pan-democrats have succeeded in a motion to adjourn further discussion against a bid for an extra HK$5.46 billion in funding for the Hong Kong-Zhuhai- Macau bridge,
In a vote under taken by the Legislative Council’s public works subcommittee yesterday, the pan-democrats handed the defeat to pro-establishment lawmakers 21-15.
The Civic Party’s Kwok Ka-ki moved a motion to adjourn the discussion saying the government had failed to tell Legco when the project would be ready and the exact costs.
“The government has told us time and time again they are going to go ahead with the bridge. It is a waste of money and we cannot allow that.”
The extra funding is for the bridge’s boundary crossing facilities, including land reclamation, passenger clearance and transport facilities. The entire project is estimated to cost HK$132.9 billion, but costs are rising.
Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong lawmaker Ip Kwok-him said even though Legco has a monitoring role, it does not mean all public works should be delayed by members.
Undersecretary for Transport and Housing Yau Shing-mu stated that the government still hopes to get the extra funding this legislative year.