Last-ditch attempt to block funding for rail

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 16 December, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 16 December, 2009, 12:00am
 

Activists opposed to the high-speed cross-border rail project are mobilising about 1,000 protesters to surround the Legislative Council building on Friday as a final attempt to block its funding.

Legco's Finance Committee is expected to approve HK$66.9 billion for the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Link - including a contingency fund and compensation for land owners.

Polytechnic University associate professor Ho Chi-kwan, one of the activists, said the government had failed to clear doubts about the link.

'It is a huge amount of money,' she said. 'The government has given no explanation on how the estimated passenger flow is calculated.'

Social welfare sector legislator Peter Cheung Kwok-che said the government should spend the money on helping the poor.

Share

Send to a friend

To forward this article using your default email client (e.g. Outlook), click here.

Enter multiple addresses separated by commas(,)

CAPTCHA
This question is for testing whether or not you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.
Image CAPTCHA
Enter the characters shown in the image.