THE Government is considering a suggestion by the pro-China Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong (DAB) to solve the dispute over Container Terminal 9 (CT9). Secretary for Economic Services Gordon Siu Kwing-chue and Secretary for Planning, Environment and Lands Tony Eason yesterday discussed with DAB members the proposal - under which the Government would fund the project. DAB vice-chairman Tam Yiu-chung said Mr Siu had told them he was in favour of the proposal but said it needed studying before a written reply would be sent to the DAB. Mr Tam said the CT9 project would cost about $8 billion to build and construction for the four wharfs would take between 20 and 24 months. The project came to a halt after China and Britain disagreed about the granting of the CT9 franchise to Jardines by private treaty.