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Taxpayers’ money being buried under ground

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Back when Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor was still chief secretary, she had given assurances that the West Kowloon arts hub would not turn into a financial black hole, and that the money already budgeted would be all there was and no more. Maybe she believed it at the time; I did. How naive of me!

Back in 2014, the government told us a huge basement complex under the cultural district would cost HK$23 billion. Then, in 2017, that figure was still being quoted. And today? It’s still being used as a reference, though officials warn it is likely to cost quite a bit more.

Why this fabulous underground, designed by none other than British architectural firm Foster Partners, when no one seems to know how much it will cost? It’s supposed to be crucial........

© South China Morning Post