Get-tough call over delays on footbridges

PUBLISHED : Friday, 12 September, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 12 September, 1997, 12:00am

Government departments have been urged to get tough with Central developers to halt delays in the construction of footbridges.

Central and Western District Board members yesterday said red tape and lax co-ordination among departments was causing the delays.

Problems were highlighted when an unmarked police car mowed down pedestrians in Queen's Road Central last month, killing three.

Board member Kam Nai-wai said several developers were resisting the construction in favour of an underground system of walkways.

Landlords breaching the deed of dedication should be prosecuted, he said.

'This underground city may take up to 10 years to construct . . . we need action now to prevent another accident, and footbridges can be constructed in about 15 months,' Mr Kam said.

But the Buildings Department maintained it lacked legal power in some cases to force bridge construction.