MTRC ordered to halt digging at Exhibition Centre Station site

Local | 10 Aug 2018 8:44 pm

The Highways Department today ordered the MTR Corporation to immediately stop excavation works at the Exhibition Centre Station temporarily near areas where sinking has exceeded the highest level, based on monitored data.

The contractor is a joint-venture between Leighton and China State Construction.

The Exhibition Centre Station of the Sha Tin to Central Link works project is an underground railway station, the construction of which involves a large amount of excavation works, the department said.

Monitoring points will be installed around the construction site for assessing the impact due to the excavation works on nearby road surfaces, footpaths, underground utilities and structures to ensure the safety and assure that the construction works could meet design requirements and statutory requirements.

In mid June, highways officials said the MTRC placed public safety at risk by allowing the contractor to excavate deeper than is allowed before installing the final layer of temporary steel struts. In a statement, the department expressed its ''deep dismay'' that the MTRC Corp had allowed the situation to persist for long. "The Transport and Housing Bureau and the Highways Department also deeply regret that the attitude of the MTRC, as a project manager, and the contractor in handling the incident has unsatisfactorily put the public safety at risk,'' the statement said.-The Standard

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