Nov 21

China Watch Blog has learnt the good news that Hong Kong legislators have endorsed the funding of the HK$48.5 billion (US$6.23 billion) mammoth Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge projects that will create an estimated 14,000 new jobs.

Speaking to the media after attending a Legislative Council Finance Committee meeting, Secretary for Transport & Housing Eva Cheng said the approval reflects the sentiment of Hong Kong people who do not want to see huge infrastructure projects delayed.

The money will fund Hong Kong boundary crossing facilities, the Hong Kong Link Road as well as the detailed design of Tuen Mun-Chek Lap Kok Link.

“For the three funding approvals today we are talking about an addition of 14,000 jobs to be created. We welcome these funding approvals and we will now proceed in earnest,” she said.

“We will start the works before the end of this year. Our target now is to complete these facilities in line with the main bridge completion of 2016.”

Although the start of the works has been delayed for a year, Ms Cheng said the administration will catch up on the progress through the compression of programmes, and by implementing additional machinery and manpower.

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