A HK$62 million funding request for a feasibility study on a 50,000-seat stadium and multipurpose sports ground at Kai Tak was given the green light yesterday at Legislative Council public works subcommittee meeting.
The approval came after a heated exchange between People Power’s Albert Chan Wai-yip and insurance sector lawmaker Chan Kin-por.
Albert Chan criticized the pro- establishment camp for blindly supporting government projects and said this always led to them going over budget.
At the meeting, questions were raised as to whether a 50,000-seat stadium is necessary and whether it will enhance the territory’s competitiveness.
Deputy Secretary for Home Affairs Jonathan McKinley said building the stadium will allow Hong Kong to host international events.
The subcommittee approved funding, with 21 votes in support and 14 votes opposed. The request will be submitted to the Finance Committee.
The government sought HK$62.7 million for pre-construction work on the multipurpose complex, including funds for a consultant to prepare technical specifications and conceptual drawings for the main works and a quantity surveying consultant to review the costs.