Speech at Panel on Transport

Trunk Road T2 and Cha Kwo Ling Tunnel — construction

Project progress and cost

Mr CHAN Chun-ying said he noted from the Administration’s paper that the Kai Tak New Acute Hospital (“NAH”) was expected to be commissioned in 2024 and that if the construction of the Project could not commence as planned leading to completion substantially beyond the commissioning of NAH, the difficulty and cost of the construction works might be significantly increased due to adoption of necessary extensive mitigation measures to minimize the impact brought by the works to the sensitive medical equipment and normal operation of the hospital. Mr CHAN asked about the period of the delay that could be described as “substantial”. PM(E) replied that it would be referring to a delay of 2 to 3 years.

Objections against the proposed road scheme of TKO-LTT (including the CKL Tunnel and associated works)

Mr CHAN Chun-ying noted that some 1 000 objections to the Project had been received and he asked how the Administration would resolve the issues concerned. DSTH(T)1 clarified that during the statutory period when the proposed road scheme of the Trunk Road T2 project was gazetted, no objection was received. The objections which Mr CHAN mentioned were those received during the gazettal of the road schemes of TKO-LTT projects (including the CKL Tunnel and associated works). The Administration had submitted the unresolved objections of the TKO-LTT project to the Chief Executive-in-Council for consideration. The Chief Executive-in-Council authorized the road and sewerage schemes of the TKO-LTT project on 29 April 2014 without modification. Subsequently, the Administration had informed those parties who had raised objection to the TKO-LTT project of the above-mentioned authorization. The authorization notices of the TKO-LTT project (including the CKL Tunnel and associated works) were gazetted on 30 May and 6 June 2014.