Date
24 September 2017
This HK$150 million tunnel boring machine was damaged during last month's torrential rain. Photo: MTR website
This HK$150 million tunnel boring machine was damaged during last month's torrential rain. Photo: MTR website

MTR ignored govt flood wall warning, paper says

The government warned MTR Corp. about inadequate flood control measures on the West Kowloon terminus construction site two years after heavy rain caused extensive damage and rendered a tunnel boring machine inoperable, Apple Daily reported Monday, citing unnamed sources.

The damage caused delays in Hong Kong’s HK$67 billion (US$8.64 billion) high-speed cross-border rail project.

In March 2012, the Drainage Services Department (DSD) warned the rail operator that the contractor, Maeda-China State Joint Venture, did not install a flood wall as required by the contract, the report said.

Also, DSD’s calls for precautionary measures for the rainy season went unheeded.

Engineers quoted by the paper said they were shocked that such a standard practice as building a flood wall was not followed given that it is a prerequisite in any drilling operation.

On April 15, MTR executives said the railway that will link Hong Kong and Guangzhou would be delayed and blamed the fiasco on bad weather.  

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