Govt probes use of ‘shoddy’ concrete in bridge

Govt probes use of ‘shoddy’ concrete in bridge

The government is looking into whether contractors had used substandard concrete in the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge, following media reports that a lab technician falsified tests to allow the use of shoddy materials.

Legislators from across the political spectrum have expressed alarm and demanded answers from the government.

Development Secretary Eric Ma told reporters that the Highways and Civil Engineering and Development Departments are investigating the matter, but admitted that he has little information for now.

Asked if the Hong Kong section of the bridge may need to be rebuilt, Ma said this will depend on the results of tests to be conducted.

Sources say the ICAC has already arrested one person, and the anti-graft body is said to be investigating others who were involved in certifying the results.

The chairman of Legco’s Transport Panel, DAB lawmaker Ben Chan, said he’s extremely concerned about the incident as it could jeopardise the safety of the bridge. He called on the government to fully investigate the allegations and get to the bottom of the matter.

Democratic Party councillor Lam Cheuk-ting questioned if the local section of the massive bridge can be completed as scheduled by the end of the year.

And architectural sector lawmaker Edward Yiu, urged the authorities to step up inspections to make sure the bridge is structurally sound.

The multi-billion dollar project has been plagued by cost overruns, delays, and fatal accidents.

http://news.rthk.hk/rthk/en/component/k2/1331751-20170522.htm

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