Chinese White Dolphin

Future generations will be saddled with consequences of absurd bridge

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 30 August, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 30 August, 2009, 12:00am

I fully endorse the comments made by Steve Farrer in his letter ('Coastal route for bridge may save money but end up costing HK', August 23).

However, there is one point that I disagree with. He states: 'We would like the bridge to be a great success.'

The Hong Kong-Macau-Zhuhai bridge was a ludicrous proposal from the outset, and now it appears to be set in concrete through the machinations of an uncaring administration.

I fear that there is nothing we can do. However, it will cost Hong Kong not only wasted billions of dollars on construction and maintenance, but in terms of damage to the environment and local ecology.

It will be a complete disaster.

I regret, Mr Farrer, that this white elephant will never be a 'great success' and future generations in Hong Kong will be saddled with the consequences.

Yes, Legco's Finance Committee should certainly take a long hard look at everything connected with this proposal.

Realistically though, in the face of the Hong Kong government's intransigence, I fear that we will be stuck with this bridge and highway, and I agree that every effort should be made by those who are concerned to reduce the impact of this disastrous undertaking.

However, they should go to the top. The director of lands can do nothing - the Town Planning Board is nothing but a rubber stamp body. So they must set their sights on the bureau chiefs.

Anyone concerned about the bridge should approach any allies they may have in the Executive Council or the Legislative Council, or just tackle their local or functional Legco representative.

The route suggested by the Tung Chung group, to the north of Chek Lap Kok island, is a workable alternative and even more preferable if the highway is submerged in a tunnel.

Act now though, or the pristine, peaceful northwest Lantau coastline will be a thing of the past, along with the pink dolphins.

Gordon Andreassend, Tai Kok Tsui