Unfavorable weather conditions have been delaying work on Hong Kong’s high-speed railway project, which will connect to the rail networks of Shenzhen and Guangzhou, MTR Corp. (00066.HK) project director Chew Tai-chong told a media briefing on Tuesday.
A heavy rainstorm on March 30 destroyed several of the tunnels and construction sites, and as a result, the project, originally scheduled to be completed in 2015, may be delayed by a year and start operation in 2017, Chew said.
Secretary for Transport and Housing Anthony Cheung Bing-leung said Tuesday that he was surprised by MTR’s notice about the delay.
Cheung said he has urged MTR to submit a full report to his office about the issue and continue to give updates to the public. He also asked the Highways Department to assess the construction.
Michael Tien Puk-sun, a New People’s Party lawmaker and former chairman of the board of Kowloon-Canton Railway Corp., expects the cost of the project to increase as a result of the delays.
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