A working group of the People's Government of Guangdong Province is studying the feasibility of building a 30-kilometre bridge that would link Macau and Zhuhai with Hong Kong, local news reports have claimed.
According to the reports, the Macau-Zhuhai-Hong Kong bridge across four islands in the Pearl River estuary would cost about US3 billion.
Wong Hon Keong, deputy director of the Macau Studies Centre at the University of Macau, welcomed the project. "The bridge would be highly beneficial to Macau's development as the Las Vegas of the Orient," Mr Wong told reporters. "The bridge construction could also reactivate Macau's economic recovery," he was quoted as saying.
Macau Chief Executive Edmund Ho Hau Wah also welcomed the project, saying it could certainly benefit Macau's future economic development. However, Mr Ho cautioned that the project's viability had still to undergo proper studies by experts in the field.
The Chinese government decided earlier this year to scrap another bridge project in the Pearl River delta that would have linked Zhuhai with Hong Kong's New Territories via Lingdingyang Island.
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