The government has rejected reports of a design flaw in the passenger clearance building of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge after a power supply room was flooded in April, RTHK reports.
Some critics had charged that it was a design flaw to locate such facilities in areas prone to flooding.
During heavy rain in April, water had leaked through unsealed cable ducts and into a switchroom in the basement of the immigration control building, which is built on an artificial island.
Questioned by lawmakers about locating electrical and mechanical facilities in the basement, a major works project manager at the Highways Department, Raymond Kong, said it is a common design.
He said in many projects in Hong Kong, like the Kai Tak development and the new Tung Chung development, such facilities are located below ground level. “The important thing is that our design should be up to standard,” he said.
Kong said officials have already held talks with the power company regarding this.
The government had said that the equipment affected during the April water leakage had been replaced and the ducts had been sealed up.