Two public construction projects worth more than $1.4 billion have been delayed because the contractor's business failed. The news spurred urban and regional councillors yesterday to demand officials pay closer attention to contractors. The opening of community centres in Chai Wan and Tseung Kwan O has been postponed in the wake of the Wang Chong Construction Company's closure last month. The centre in Chai Wan, which was expected to open next month, will now have to be delayed until 2001. Provisional District Board member Tsang Kin-shing complained that the Architectural Services Department had failed to administer the construction company. 'The delay of the centre will bring many inconveniences to the people in Chai Wan,' Mr Tsang said. Another community centre in Tseung Kwan O, which cost $600 million and includes a swimming pool, a library and a sports centre, now is not expected to open until next year. Provisional Regional Councillor Lam Wing-yin quoted the department's director, Pau Shiu-huy, as saying that the project would have to be divided into two parts. The swimming pool, which cost more than $15 million, would go to public tender and was expected to be finished in one year. The library and the sports centre would not go to public tender but would be built by another contractor found by the Government. It was expected to be opened at the start of next year. Mr Lam also complained that recreational facilities in Tseung Kwan O were inadequate. 'We don't have any library, swimming pool or sports centre in the community at the moment, so I hope they will be opened to the public soon,' he said.