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There's a quiet revolution under foot

Far below the streets of Sai Ying Pun, a huge machine is tunnelling away within a few metres of the foundations of high-rises towering above the neighbourhood.

Saturday, 3 December, 2011, 12:00am

Researchers find less intrusive way to lay pipes

Researchers have developed a technology they say could ease the disruption caused by digging up busy streets to lay underground pipes.

Researchers at Polytechnic University yesterday unveiled TunnelingGSV, which enables companies to lay utility pipes without having to dig trenches.

24 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Fears over blast plan for HK Island tunnels

A decision by the Drainage Services Department to use explosives to blast almost 20km of tunnels on Hong Kong Island has raised concerns.

The planned use of traditional drill-and-blast methods, instead of tunnel-boring machines, has caused some discomfort within the industry, sources say.

4 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

The family that burrows in tunnels


By Roderick Gordon and Brian Williams

Published by Chicken House

ISBN 978 1 905294 428

Fourteen-year-old Will Burrows lives with his dysfunctional family and tries to have as little to do with them as possible.

26 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Follow the dark and sinister tunnels to an unexpected twist


By Roderick Gordon & Brian Williams

Published by Chicken House

ISBN 978 1 905294 428

As you walk around town have you ever wondered what is underneath you? We know there are transport and service tunnels under the streets and the buildings, but could there be something else?

25 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Avoiding disruption is key

Beneath Hong Kong is a vast maze of tunnels of all sizes, ranging from drains and sewers to pipelines for gas, water, electricity, telephones and cable television.

As the city develops, these underground networks require constant upgrading, expanding and maintenance. Because much of this utility lifeline is beneath roads, roadworks are inevitable.

9 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Digging up the dirt

Everyone has had a wacky neighbour, be it the ageing widow with 40 cats, the old hermit who collects rubbish or the type who likes their lawn to resemble primeval forest. In my neighbourhood of De Beauvoir Town, a grid of tree-lined streets and Victorian houses in north London, eccentrics seem to live in every street.

7 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Long Valley tunnel keeps wetland out of harm's way

KCRC wins kudos by combining old and new technology

The KCRC has managed to preserve a precious area of wetland while building the Lok Ma Chau extension by using both modern and antiquated tunnelling methods.

The technique has won praise from environmentalists who initially feared Long Valley would be damaged during the construction.

11 Apr 2005 - 12:00am

Nigerian e-mailer smiles all the way from the bank

A reader has received a particularly intriguing e-mail invitation from Nigeria.

It's from Dr John Korede of Euro Swiss Diplomatic Vault. Our reader said: 'When I read the first line I thought: 'Gosh, someone else I have forgotten to reply to!' but then a feeling of vast relief as I realised it is another fail-safe money maker.'

11 Nov 2002 - 12:00am

Losses into millions as setbacks mean only a fraction of 25km tunnel network

DELAYS costing millions of dollars are piling up on the Government's controversial $3 billion harbour tunnel sewerage project because of a series of cave-ins that have slowed work to a crawl.

Just 2.8km of the 25 km-long deep-tunnel network have been dug in nearly four years.

29 Nov 1998 - 12:00am

Sewage tunnel slowdown

Contractors involved in the Government's controversial sewage tunnel project are facing further delays, with problems being blamed on poor ground conditions and the disposal of excavated spoil.

21 Sep 1998 - 12:00am

Dash to beat crisis on sewage

WORRIED officials are working to avert a manpower crisis on a key portion of the Government's showpiece $16 billion strategic sewage disposal strategy.

1 Mar 1996 - 12:00am

Planning avoids chaos

THE Drainage Services Department (DSD) is well aware that its work can cause inconvenience to the public.

But it tries to minimise disruptions by listening to the public and using advanced technology when undertaking projects.

Digging up roads can aggravate congestion on main roads. But, by planning alternatives, the department tries to avoid confusion.

17 Jul 1995 - 12:00am