is more to progress than meaningless construction projects
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South China Morning Post
I would like to support the
comments made by Gordon Andreassend concerning the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau
bridge ("Future generations will be saddled with consequences of
absurd bridge", August 30).
It is unfortunate that our
government equates progress with the spending of large sums of money
on road-building projects that destroy our environment.
This bridge is completely
unnecessary and will be a huge white elephant. The government should
be working to save money, not spend more of it.
Another meaningless road
the Hong Kong taxpayer will be saddled with is the new Central-Wan Chai
bypass, which will further impinge on our harbour.
With the recent building
of the International Commercial Centre in Kowloon, the amount of traffic
to Central will be reduced, not increased, so the perceived need for
the bypass is flawed.
Instead of building roads,
the government should look at ways of allowing people to walk along
the harbourfront, as other great cities have done.
No other city would even
contemplate building a highway along its waterfront. A long walkway
with cafes and bars would be a much better way of spending the money
that has been earmarked for the bypass. This could be done on Kowloon
side too with a walkway with facilities such as cycle paths running
from Tsim Sha Tsui towards Tsuen Wan.
Finally I feel for the inhabitants
of Lamma, which has been targeted by a developer for a resort.
One of the best things about
travelling to Yung Shue Wan is the fact that it is relatively undeveloped
and has a character of its own.
I do hope the government
will put a stop to this monstrous scheme. At the same time it should
kill the idea of the piazza planned for the site of the Tsim Sha Tsui
bus terminus at the Star Ferry. Do we really need more shops?
The government needs to focus
on taking care of what little culture, heritage and history remains
in Hong Kong, instead of keeping the construction industry busy with
meaningless projects and giving developers the freedom to destroy the
Martin Reynolds, Tai Kok