Government turns deaf ear to $10b noise-cutting plea

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 05 July, 2001, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 05 July, 2001, 12:00am

A lawmaker's request to install air-conditioning and double-glazing at residential units affected by noise was rejected by officials yesterday, who estimated it would cost $10 billion.

Deputy Secretary for Environment and Food Thomas Chow Tat-ming said 187,000 homes were affected by noise of 75 decibels or more and the cost of remedial work would be $50,000 per flat. He said the Government was addressing the problem by looking at stricter traffic controls.