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The process of constructing a tram line down Sydney's oldest street and to the eastern suburbs was always going to present unexpected challenges.
But the requirement to build a dam, sufficient to meet the state's exacting dam safety standards, was probably not high on any list of possibilities.
Along the southern edge of Centennial Park, contractors are this year expending significant resources to ensure that what is now considered a dam will not be a threat to safety.
The dam is not a new body of water. Instead, the existing Centennial Park Pond has, because of the light rail project, become a dam.
The pond, or series of ponds that occasionally join together to form a common mass of water, was built in the 1960s.
But it has never yet been considered a dam, meaning its management has never before attracted the scrutiny of the state's Dams Safety Committee.
This changed last year. Although the light rail line was announced in 2012, and contracts for construction were signed in 2014, it was not until 2016 that it emerged that the pond would require a new system of management.
Dr Faruqi said the need for a dam must have been triggered by the 2014 change to build the light rail line on the northern side of Alison Road, closer to Centennial Park, as opposed to an earlier design that had the light rail running on the southern side of Alison Road.
"This represents yet another budget blow out on this troubled project," Dr Faruqi said.
This article first appeared on www.smh.com.au
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