Here's a letter I sent the South China Morning Post re Hong Kong - Zhuhai - Macau bridge, funding for which has reportedly been agreed on. The letter appeared today.
Kudos to Jake van der Kamp (Monitor, 3 and 4 March) and David Sadoway (Letters, 4 March) for pointing out economic and environmental shortcomings with the monstrous bridge planned to link Hong Kong with Zhuhai and Macau.
This indeed appears to be little more than a grandiose concrete pouring scheme that will benefit few people - several of them already rich beyond most people's wildest dreams - whilst proving extremely costly and environmentally damaging.
The environmental damage will extend far beyond the bridge. Not only is it likely to result in north Lantau coming to resemble the northwest New Territories, complete with container parks and the like, but it is also intended to spur development in Zhuhai, so wreaking further havoc. Zhuhai development will result in yet more regional air pollution, from power stations, factories, and petrol and diesel vehicles - hence making Hong Kong's air pollution even worse.
Perhaps this seems a minor issue to the project backers, who were young in an era when the air was good for growing lungs, yet it helps give the lie to the government's supposed aim of making our air cleaner.
The bridge is hardly the only economically dubious and environmentally damaging project Hong Kong has planned or built in recent years - following on from Cyberport, DIsneyland, the Hong Kong-Shekou Bridge and the partly built Stonecutters Bridge. Sadly, the people in power here seem oblivious to the fact that Hong Kong has one of the greatest natural settings of any city in the world, and are hell-bent on creating a city of concrete and pollution.