China opens world’s longest sea bridge

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 24 Oct 2018 08:50:10


 

By K J M Varma,

BEIJING,

CHINA on Tuesday officially opened the 55 km long sea bridge, said to be the world’s longest, connecting Hong Kong to Macau and Zhuhai. President Xi Jinping inaugurated the USD 20 billion bridge at a special ceremony held in Zhuhai, in southern China’s Guangdong Province, attended by about 700 guests, including the leaders of Hong Kong and Macau. It was opened with a one sentence speech by Xi, the Hong Kong-based South China ‘Morning Post’ reported.


The construction of the bridge started in December 2009 and was to be completed in 2016. Situated in the Lingdingyang waters of the Pearl River estuary, it will be the world’s longest sea bridge, the State-run ‘Xinhua’ news agency said. China claims credit for building the world’s longest bridge, the 164.8-km-long Danyang–Kunshan Grand viaduct on the Beijing- Shanghai high speed railway.


The 55-kilometre crossing, which includes a road bridge and underwater tunnel, links Hong Kong’s Lantau island to Zhuhai and the gambling enclave of Macau, across the waters of the Pearl River Estuary.


The bridge, which will be opened for regular traffic from Wednesday, will slash the travel time between Hong Kong and Zhuhai from three hours to just 30 minutes, it said, adding it will further integrate the cities in the Pearl River Delta. Chinese Vice-Premier Han Zheng said that the bridge would bring Hong Kong and mainland China closer in terms of economic and trade activities.


Describing the bridge as a sign of successful cooperation between the Chinese mainland, Hong Kong and Macau he said, it is a demonstration of China’s engineering capabilities.