Dragages will foot party bill
FRENCH contractor Dragages has agreed to pay for a $100,000 party to celebrate a key landmark in the airport development programme.
The firm had resisted attempts by the New Airport Projects Co-ordination Office to get it to pay the entire cost of the event, which will mark thebreakthrough of the pilot tunnel on the Cheung Ching road tunnel at Tsing Yi.
Following talks, senior local Dragages staff said they were willing for the firm to foot the bill.
Dragages' Polish and Chinese tunnellers, who are working from both ends of the tunnel, are expected to meet at the end of April. But the party is not scheduled to take place until early May.
If officials want to see tunnellers break through, as is likely, Dragages will have to dump rock and rubble in the tunnel to allow for the ceremonial meeting.
The Cheung Ching tunnels form part of the Route 3 highway and will provide access to the airport at Chek Lap Kok from west Kowloon.