HONG KONG - The diaphragm wall and platform slab construction works, part of the Sha Tin-Central Link's project to extend the Hung Hom station, were deemed safe despite findings of unauthorized changes in construction, the government-appointed Commission of Inquiry on the scandal-tainted project announced Tuesday.
The Commission of Inquiry made the determination in its interim report unveiled Tuesday
The commission made the determination in its interim report unveiled on Tuesday.
At a press briefing, Chief Executive Carrie Lam said that the panel had found that there was no need for any consolidation work. "The Commission's determinations have understandably assuaged our concern during the past few months about the structural safety of the relevant construction works," Lam was quoted as saying in a government press release.
But the report found that those works were not executed in accordance with the contract in extending the station for the Shatin-Central Link.
The commission says in its report, even though safe, the construction works had not been executed in accordance with Contract No. 1112 drawn up between the contractor, Leighton Contractors (Asia), and MTR corporation in material respects.
Last June, Leighton was found to have changed the specifications of the supporting diaphragm walls without authorization. The contractor was also found to have pared reinforcement bars (rebars) and to have not fitted them properly into couplers in a platform slab. The commission was set up after safety concerns were raised.
However, the commission said that after considering all the evidence, it concluded that “it was not extensive or systematic” that rebars were cut.
The commission comprising judges and transportation experts is chaired by Michael Hartmann, former Court of Final Appeal justice.
The HK$ 97.1 billion Sha Tin-Central Link is currently Hong Kong's costliest rail project.
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