The government will be seeking funds for the latest section of the Kai Tak Nullah scheduled for comprehensive makeover when the Legislative Council’s Panel on Development meets tomorrow.
According to a paper submitted by the Development Bureau last month, the government is seeking the nod from legislators for funds totalling HK$1.24 billion in money-of-the-day (MOD) prices for the reconstruction and rehabilitation of Kai Tak Nullah from Tung Kwong Road to Prince Edward Road East.
The bureau said the nullah was originally built in tandem with the former Kai Tak Airport and was inadequate to meet current flood protection standards.
“Flooding incidents have occurred along Choi Hung Road and severely affected the traffic of Wong Tai Sin and its adjacent districts during heavy rainstorms,” the bureau said.
As such it was necessary to deepen the nullah and remove obstructions in the nullah to improve drainage capacity and mitigate the risk of flooding.
The works consist of reconstruction and rehabilitation of 500 metres length of Kai Tak Nullah, utilities diversion including reprovisioning of an existing dry weather flow interceptor and ancillary works such as landscaping and environmental mitigation measures.
Reconstruction and rehabilitation of the nullah alone is estimated to cost HK$678 million at September 2012 prices before addition of the MOD factor.
Subject to funding approval of Legco’s Finance Committee, expected in July, construction is scheduled to start in December this year for completion in December 2017.
Kai Tak Nullah is one of the major drainage channels in East Kowloon.
It starts in Wong Tai Sin and traverses the Kai Tak Development area before discharging into Victoria Harbour.
Ultimately the government’s plan is convert the entire nullah into a green river corridor through the urban areas.
Work on other sections of the nullah is already underway.
Drainage Services Department started work on the section of the nullah from Po Kong Village Road to Tung Kwong Road stage 1 in August 2010 with Lam Construction as main contractor while work for the remaining works for the same section started in October 2011 with Leader-Sunnic Joint Venture as main contractor.
Civil Engineering and Development Department commenced work on the downstream section within the Kai Tak Development area in January this year with Chit Cheung Construction as main contractor.