50 Wan Chai sites exceed safe limits for sinking, MTRC admits

Local | 15 Aug 2018 6:07 pm

The MTRC said today that subsidence at 50 checkpoints near the future Exhibition Centre station in Wan Chai have reached or exceeded safety limits, with one roadside checkpoint recording subsidence of 83 millimeters, RTHK reports.

MTRC officials, who were attending a Wan Chai District Council meeting, said the 83-mm subsidence was detected on Convention Avenue near the old Wan Chai Ferry Pier.

But the officials said there was no need for any concerns as this spot is on the part of the road which is to be demolished and rebuilt.

They added all the sites, where subsidence has been recorded, were away from major buildings in the area.

The rail operator was ordered to suspend all the excavation works at the site last week as signs of more troubles emerged for planned the Sha Tin-Central rail link.

Highways Department officials who attended the meeting also assured that construction works in the area have not caused structural safety problems to nearby buildings or to underground gas and water pipelines.

But a number of District Councillors were unhappy that the information was not disclosed earlier.

Independent District Councillor Clarisse Yeung said officials had failed to ease public worries. She also accused MTR of covering up the problem for years.

"I found in the papers that they noticed such issues, like, three years ago. But this is the first time they talked about that in the District Council, even though they came to us half a year before,” she said. "It is absurd. It is very late. And, it is absolutely unacceptable.”

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