FAILURE to get the Container Terminal 9 (CT9) project built on time would result in heavy congestion in Hong Kong as well as southern China, according to Secretary for Planning, Environment and Lands, Tony Eason. The latest round of the Sino-British Joint Liaison Group (JLG) plenum concluded with no agreement on the container project. The first part of CT9 should be coming on stream in early 1995 and if that timetable could not be met, both Shenzhen and Guangdong would be affected. ''All container ports are already heavily used. There would be heavy congestion on the roads and the ports,'' he said. Mr Eason said the need for CT9 had been confirmed by all members in the Port Development Board and the investors were keen to invest. ''We got to get this to the Sino-British Land Commission and it's apparent that the Land Commission is not moving until the JLG deliberation on CT9 has been gone over,'' he said. Meanwhile, Governor Chris Patten yesterday rejected Chinese JLG team leader Guo Fengmin's criticism that he had destroyed the basis of co-operation. ''I don't think that any fair-minded person would believe that for one moment,'' said Mr Patten. Mr Patten said he hoped the Chinese side would recognise that in the interests of Hong Kong, some progress had to be made in the JLG. ''Chinese officials have said again and again that they don't think there is a link between political issues and livelihood or economic issues. It's not just enough to say those things; one has to demonstrate them as well.''