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Pumping station project slammed for poor planning

Auditors say government departments failed to communicate during the building of a vital rainwater pumping station, resulting in inefficiency and lowered standards.

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Auditors say government departments failed to communicate during the building of a vital rainwater pumping station, resulting in inefficiency and lowered standards.

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UPDATED: 21 Dec 2023, 11:31 pm

The Commission of Audit says the construction of a 109 million pataca rainwater pumping station in the Inner Harbour district was marred by poor cooperation between officials responsible for the project.

The report, cited in Macau Post Daily, said the then Lands, Public Works and Transport Bureau (restructured and renamed Lands and Urban Construction Bureau last year) and the Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau (now called the Municipal Affairs Bureau) failed to consult each other when planning and deciding on the standards for the discharge capacity of the rainwater pumping station, which came into operation in 2021.

The result, according to the commission, was a facility “unable to meet demand in the long term.”

[See more: The Environmental Protection Bureau has released its 2022 report]

Government officials have pledged to look into the matter. The Public Works Bureau said it would reinforce “interdepartmental communication and coordination to prudently fulfil its duties and actively promote cooperative management work between services,” and added that it was reviewing and updating its protocols.

The commission’s report comes in the wake of its damning inquiry into sports funding in Macao.

Last week, it accused the government’s Sports Fund of making “arbitrary” decisions on granting subsidies to the city’s various sporting associations, saying that the fund’s system for awarding grants was “unscientific and unreasonable”.

 

UPDATED: 21 Dec 2023, 11:31 pm

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