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Committee to rebuild HK confidence

DISCOVERY OF under strength piles on a series of high rise projects has prompted the Hong Kong government to set up a powerful task force to promote better quality construction.

The Construction Committee was due to hold its first meeting in May.

Hong Kong deputy chief executive Anson Chan launched the committee in response to public concern after revelations of under strength piles on new housing estates.

In response the Hong Kong housing authority announced it intended to demolish two new multistorey housing blocks in Shatin with substandard piles.

Members of the Committee include senior representatives from Mott MacDonald's Hong Kong subsidiary Mott Connell and Maunsell Consultants Asia, plus officials from the government, trade unions and local banks.

'The recent spate of piling problems in public housing estates have caused public concerns over the integrity and capability of the civil service as well as individual staff members, ' said Chan.

'These incidents also expose some inherent weaknesses in the construction industry, ' she added.

'Substandard construction works have an adverse impact on Hong Kong's reputation and our sustained economic development.'

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