MTR preservation plan broached

MTR preservation plan broached

The Government plans to preserve in situ archaeological features unearthed at the To Kwa Wan Station construction site of the Sha Tin to Central Link. Secretary for Development Paul Chan told the media today the conservation plan will allow the public to appreciate Hong Kong’s cultural heritage at the site.

Ceramics, coins, wooden structures, wells and building foundations dating back to the Song-Yuan Period have been unearthed. He said the relics are of high historical, archaeological and heritage value, and are significant discoveries.

Secretary for Transport & Housing Prof Anthony Cheung said the Mass Transit Railway Corporation estimates that, so far, Sha Tin to Central Link works have been delayed 11 months, incurring an additional construction cost of $3.1 billion due to suspension and rearrangement of works and the implementation of archaeological protection measures.

The proposed in situ preservation for most structures and remnants of the archaeological site will involve a further cost of $1 billion.

He said the target commission date for the link’s Tai Wai to Hung Hom section in December 2018, and that of December 2020 for the Hung Hom to Admiralty section, may have to be adjusted.

The Government will consult the Legislative Council next week on the proposal and seek funds to continue the work.

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