Drainage Services Department completes decking of Mong Kok Road nullah

The Drainage Services Department has completed the decking of Mong Kok Road nullah and effectively resolved the unpleasant smell in the vicinity.

Officiating at the completion ceremony of the Mong Kok Road nullah decking works today (December 12), the Director of Drainage Services, Mr Wong Chee-keung, said the department would actively respond to public hopes for better environmental hygiene while striving to achieve high standard of flood prevention.     

Upon the completion of the major drainage improvement works in 2004, which effectively alleviated flooding in Mong Kok, the Drainage Services Department started planning for the Mong Kok Road nullah decking works as requested by the public and district councillors.

"Due to the low level of the nullah, there was a risk that the decking works might be affected by high tide and stormwater," Mr Wong said. "To eliminate the smell and hygiene problem as early as possible, we worked out a drainage diversion scheme with movable stop logs installed in the box culverts so that the works could be carried out throughout the wet season, expediting progress."

"We have successfully completed the construction of the box culverts which replaced the nullah and very much improved the environmental and hygiene condition in the vicinity.  We have also implemented soft landscaping works which provides greening effects to match an adjacent park and the nearby environment," he said.

The department would set up a maintenance depot on the decked area to handle drainage works in the district, Mr Wong said.

Started in April, 2005, the works primarily comprised construction of box culverts to replace the 33-metre-long nullah.  It was completed in September this year at a cost of about $3 million.

Ends/Tuesday, December 12, 2006