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First major works contract awarded for improvement of Kai Tak River (with photo)

The Drainage Services Department (DSD) today (November 9) awarded an $818 million contract for the reconstruction, improvement and rehabilitation of a section of the Kai Tak River from Po Kong Village Road to Tung Kwong Road.

Speaking after the contract signing ceremony, the Director of Drainage Services, Mr Chan Chi-chiu, said this is the first major works contract awarded for the improvement of the Kai Tak River and signifies the commencement of improvement works in the upstream section of the river.  

"The contract, scheduled for completion in mid-2017, comprises mainly the reconstruction and rehabilitation of a 600-metre-long section of the Kai Tak River from Po Kong Village Road to Tung Kwong Road and construction of a box culvert about 400m long beside the Kai Tak River," Mr Chan said.

"We will also take this opportunity to turn this section of the Kai Tak River into a green river corridor in the urban area. Upon completion, the project will reduce the flooding risk in the surrounding areas and meet public aspirations for a green Kai Tak River," he said.

The improvement of the Kai Tak River is an essential urban drainage improvement and rehabilitation project within Kowloon East. The Government plans to revitalise the entire Kai Tak River and turn it into an attractive green river corridor in stages. Improvement works in the upstream section of the river have commenced with the award of the contract. The DSD and the Civil Engineering and Development Department will implement improvement works for the remaining sections of the river in stages.

Ends/Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Issued at HKT 16:16

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The Director of Drainage Services, Mr Chan Chi-chiu (second left), attends the contract signing ceremony for improvement of the Kai Tak River today (November 9)..

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