Legislator hammers concrete at MTR station

Local | Phoenix Un 12 Jul 2018

Democratic Party lawmaker Lam Cheuk-ting yesterday presented MTR Corp Ltd internal guidelines to argue it was broke rules to use concrete debris in construction at To Kwa Wan Station.

He also moved a third motion from the democracy camp citing the Powers and Privileges Ordinance to try to make the MTRCL produce documents it received from contractors and subcontractors at Hung Hom station, where a number of steel bars being used in platform construction were cut shorter than in specifications.

Secretary for Transport and Housing Frank Chan Fan confirmed last week that recycled construction waste was used at To Kwa Wan, saying this was to counter an upthrust from underground water. He insisted using such materials did not pose safety risks.

During a legislative panel meeting on Friday, MTR project director Philco Wong Nai-keung said that of 8,000 cubic meters of space that needed filling construction waste went into 18 percent of it. He claimed that it saved money while protecting the environment.

But Lam quoted the MTR's general civil engineering guidelines, which specify that "all materials used shall be new and shall be of the quality and grade stated in the contract."

On his motion under the Powers and Privileges Ordinance that concern work on facilities for the Sha Tin to Central Link, he wants the Legislative Council to force the MTRCL to make public the documents shared between the rail operator and Leighton, Fang Sheung Construction and China Technology.

Lam said Jason Poon Chuk-Hung, director of China Technology, was on a risky business path in accusing Leighton of wrongdoing in the bar-cutting scandal. Despite this, he said Poon's claims should be investigated.

He also said it was a fundamental request for the legislature to ask for the documents and called on establishment legislators to support him.

One pro-establishment lawmaker, Michael Tien Puk-sun, who is also chairman of the legislature's Subcommittee on Matters Relating to Railways, said he would support the bill to collect more evidence to convince the administration to demolish the relevant work at Hung Hom Station slab in order to examine the steel bars inside concrete.

But Under Secretary for Transport and Housing Raymond So Wai-man called on legislators to veto Lam's motion, saying the documents might be contradictory and require a detailed explanation.

Meanwhile, the MTRCL confirmed two bridge columns supporting West Rail tracks had sunk 20 millimeters.

Sun Hung Kai Properties, developer of a residential project at Tin Wing station linked to the problem, said it has halted work on the project.

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