Legco’s Finance Committee gives go ahead for Hong Kong border crossing

Legco’s Finance Committee gives go ahead for Hong Kong border crossing

The works include construction of a dual two-lane trunk road (with about 650m of a grade road, 3.1 km of viaduct and 750m of tunnels) connecting Sha Tau Kok Interchange to BCP and the associated environmental mitigation measures, landscaping works, drainage/sewage, waterworks, utilities and traffic engineering works.

The works are scheduled to commence after Hong Kong lawmakers gave the go ahead for the government to shell out an extra HK$17.5 billion on the construction of the city’s seventh border crossing to Shenzhen, after an additional HK$16.25 billion was approved in July 2012 for the Liantang-Heung Yuen Wai checkpoint in the northeast New Territories.

The total set to covers site formation and the building of related infrastructure including a patrol road, a pedestrian subway and five cross-boundary bridges.

Initial funding was approved after Seventeen months, when the Development Bureau announced a budget blowout totalling HK$8.7 billion, blaming rising construction costs and poor ground conditions among five reasons.

Legco's Finance Committee gives go ahead for Hong Kong border crossing

Legco’s Finance Committee gives go ahead for Hong Kong border crossing

Legco’s Finance Committee backed the funding application arising from the blowout by 26 votes to 10, with support from pro-establishment members. It was the third consecutive Friday in which the panel had considered the application.

It was on a long list of delayed items remaining on the committee’s agenda, amid tension between the government and pan-democrats, some of whom have vowed to filibuster in protest at Beijing’s restrictive framework for Hong Kong’s chief executive poll in 2017.

During yesterday’s meeting at the Legco, 17 motions were made calling for the government to address various concerns before going ahead with the project, such as the project’s environmental impact and additional congestion brought about by an influx of mainland tourists.

All the motions were voted down and the first funding request was passed two hours into the session. Pro-establishment lawmakers just voted; they did not speak during the debate.

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