The government says it can not allow the MTRC’s request for a loading test to check the safety of a platform in Hung Hom station as the rail operator has not yet given a true picture of the construction problem, RTHK reports.
In a paper to the Legislative Council, the authorities said they cannot get a grasp on what actually happened at the construction of the station and the MTRC has submitted contradicting reports.
In a report in June, the rail operator said the construction at the platform was done according to approved plans with some 23,500 couplers installed. But new plans and a report last month told a different story – in which the MTRC made radical and unapproved changes to the designs and used 2 thousand fewer couplers than needed.
The government said despite its repeated requests for explanation, MTRC still has not been able to explain this.
It says the MTRC has already submitted a proposal by an independent expert in mid June on how a loading test would be done. But it says it needs to first get the facts straight on the construction details.
Hence, it has asked MTRC to fully review and verify all records, and would only consider how a loading test should be carried out after reviewing these records.