Lawmakers to review $2 billion worth public works

Lawmakers to review $2 billion worth public works

Danny Chung

 

Lawmakers to review $2 billion worth public works

Lawmakers will review funding requests by the government for public works projects totalling nearly HK$2 billion at money-of-the-day (MOD) prices when the Public Works Subcommittee of the Legislative Council’s Finance Committee meets today.

Funding requests for three drainage projects account for nearly half of this sum with each project costing over HK$300 million.

These projects are the Tolo Harbour sewerage of unsewered areas, stage 2; North District sewerage, stage 1 phase 2c and stage 2 phase 1; Outlying Islands sewerage, stage 2 – Lamma village sewerage phase 2.

“Sewage from the unsewered areas in Yung Shue Wan of Lamma Island is a source of water pollution to nearby watercourses as well as the receiving waters of Lamma Island,” said a paper submitted by the Environment Bureau for the Lamma project.

Yung Shue Wan is a popular tourist destination for daytrippers on weekends and is the main point of entry by visitors traveling by ferry to Lamma Island.

The works consist mainly of about 9.1 kilometres of sewers and a sewage pumping station.

The Lamma project will also involve land resumption of agricultural land which the government estimates will cost about HK$4.69 million.

Following on from recent news regarding a proposed paediatrics hospital at Kai Tak Development, the Education Bureau is proposing to build two 30-classroom primary schools there as well at a total estimated cost of HK$629.9 million MOD.

The two schools are part of the ongoing School Improvement Programme where the physical standards of sub-standard schools are up to prevailing standards.

For example one of the schools, the Po Leung Kuk Stanley Ho Sau Nan Primary School, is currently operating on a site area of 2,300 square metres for a 24-class room school when the current standard is 4,700 square metres.

The estimated construction unit cost for the schools is about HK$13,500 per square metre of construction floor area.

According to the Education Bureau’s papers to the subcommittee, the school building alone, not including items such as piling, building services and external works, will cost about HK$113 million each before application of the MOD factor.

The two schools will be built at a location immediately to the east of the public rental housing estate currently being built at Kai Tak Development.

The last item is the Ward renovation of Kwai Chung Hospital which the Food and Health Bureau estimates will cost HK$45.1 million MOD.

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