The Hong Kong government is building one of the longest bridges in the world which is expected to cost around USD 15 billion, according to a CNN report. The 42-km-long bridge is reportedly being built in an attempt to integrate Chinese mainland with Hong Kong. As per reports, there were tensions between people of Hong Kong and mainland China since the handover of Hong Kong’s sovereignty to China in 1997. The factors that have contributed to the strained relations between Chinese mainland and Hong Kong are — a difference between the popular interpretation in Hong Kong of the “One country, two systems” constitutional principle as against the Chinese government’s official interpretation, policies to encourage mainland visitors to Hong Kong, and changing economic environments in Hong Kong and mainland China. In the year 2011, China also opened the world’s longest sea bridge, 26.4 mile-long structure, connecting the Northern port city of Qingdao with an airport built on a nearby island and the industrial suburb of Huangdao, as per telegraph.co.uk. Here are the five facts to know about the bridge:
1. The 42-km-long bridge will connect three major cities — Hong Kong, Macau and Zhuhai, according to CNN.
2. The bridge, that will cost USD 15 billion, is reportedly being built to integrate Hong Kong with mainland China.
3. The bridge is expected to be completed by the end of this year i.e 2017. It will also give a boost to tourism and retail market in the region. Some experts believe that the bridge will be the most effective transport connection in the Pearl Delta region.
4. At least nine persons have died and more than 300 people injured during the construction of the bridge. It is also reported that unstable supply of materials, labour shortages, and environmental constraints have caused delays in the project, a per CNN.
5.While some say that the project will bring great economic benefits others fear that it may be a ‘white elephant’– a project never as valuable as its price tag., the report added.