Sweet music at last for fountain at promenade

Local | Cindy Wan 12 Jul 2018

A controversial proposal to erect a musical fountain along the Kwun Tong promenade was given the green light yesterday by a Legislative Council subcommittee.

The project had been rejected during a Public Works Subcommittee meeting last Wednesday. The government also failed to get the subcommittee's approval for the fountain in 2015 and on June 11 this year .

However, the proposed project finally won the subcommittee's green light, with 22 lawmakers voting in favor and 16 against it.

The pan-democrats voiced their dissatisfaction as the government tabled the proposal again without making any major amendments or offering any explanations after the project was vetoed a month ago.

The revised proposal did not offer any significant amendments other than to change an area of about 100 square meters and brand it a wet play area.

The water fountain will occupy a 3,740-sq-m area and will cost HK$49.7 million to set up. Under the proposal, the project will be equipped with animated lights and sound effects, as well as interactive fountains with jumping jets.

Civic Passion lawmaker Cheng Chung-tai branded the project "a white elephant" and questioned how it would benefit Kwun Tong residents.

"Whatever design changes are made, the musical fountain still has no practical meaning to the residents," he said.

Labour Party vice-chairman Fernando Cheung Chiu-hung said Kwun Tong is a poor district with an aging population, adding the District Council should scrap the costly project.

The People Power's Raymond Chan Chi-chuen criticized the government for disrespecting legislators' opinions and rushing Legco to approve the project.

The committee eventually approved the project despite objections.

cindymt.wan@singtaonewscorp.com

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