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Old June 22nd, 2006, 02:43 AM   #1
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Plover Cove Reservoir (船灣淡水湖)

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Does somebody know where is this resevoir is?
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Old June 22nd, 2006, 05:13 PM   #3
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Take the bus to Tai Mei Duk from Tai Po. You can also rent a bike from Tai Po and ride along the water into the reservoir.
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Plover Cove housing plan floated
27 Jul 2017
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船灣淡水湖(Plover Cove Reservoir) by Mike, on Flickr

A research team from the University of Hong Kong says the government should re-start large-scale reclamation, including filling up Plover Cove Reservoir to provide 1,200 hectares of land on which to build 300,000 homes.

The team from the Ronald Coase Centre for Property Rights Research, HKUrbanLab, said the government should solve the long-term land problem through reclamation which is "the most significant and efficient historical mode of new land supply."

However, green groups slammed the plan and called it nonsense.

Chair professor Chau Kwong-wing said the government should build a huge land bank to reduce housing price volatility, to increase living space and to improve life quality.

"This will reduce the chance of panic buying in the housing market," he said.

Professor Lawrence Lai Wai-chung said the government should have a long- term vision for land supply and should revamp a high-level decision-making body so that it can plan strategically for a sustained stream of land supply.

Lai said Hong Kong has had no large-scale reclamation for the past 20 years. The suspension of reclamation plans resulted in the loss of 176 hectares of land at Green Island and 300 hectares at Kai Tak which could have housed 420,000 people.

The team said Plover Cove Reservoir should be reclaimed and turned into a new town, providing about 300,000 housing units with an average size of 650 square feet, to house 800,000 to 1.2 million people.

The team believes reclamation of the reservoir will do little damage to nature as the reservoir is artificial and the damage to the environment had already been done many years ago when building the reservoir. In addition, the cost was paid off many years ago.

Apart from Plover Cove, Lai thinks New Territories West, including areas near Castle Peak, Tin Shui Wai and Tuen Mun, and areas near Peng Chau and Hei Ling Chau, can also be considered for reclamation. These sites could provide about 2,000 hectares and 1,200 hectares of land.

The team also believes that major developers own 1,000 hectares of land. It suggested the government take back undeveloped or idle land in the New Territories owned by major developers after the leases expire in 2047.

"The government should not exercise its discretion to automatically renew these leases for another 50 years," Lai said.

However, green groups hold opposite views. Green Sense said the reclamation suggestion is nonsense and that the researchers did not provide sustainable solutions for the city's development.

Mark Mak Chi-kit, senior research officer of Green Sense, said just building houses will not solve the problem.

"It is endless and irrational if we only rely on building houses to solve the problem," he said.

He said the society should think about how to reduce population growth and to balance the needs of development instead of just considering how to increase housing.

He believes mainland China immigrants are the biggest cause of the population growth and the government should reduce the one-way permit quota.

Mak said that Plover Cove Reservoir not only supplies fresh water but it is also in a country park with high ecological value.

He said reclamation has an "extinctive" impact on the environment, citing the reducing number of Chinese white dolphin as an example.
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Plover Cove housing proposal would be risk to Hong Kong water security, government source says
Matter on agenda for Task Force on Land Supply meeting on Tuesday
December 3, 2017
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A proposal to fill in the city’s second largest reservoir to build homes on will prove to be a serious challenge to implement and put Hong Kong’s water security at risk.

That is the government’s view on the controversial idea for Plover Cove Reservoir, floated by real estate academics earlier this year, according to a source close to the government-appointed Task Force on Land Supply.

The Post understands the proposal will be on the agenda of the task force’s fifth meeting on Tuesday.

The land search committee, formed in August and made up of various experts and professionals has been tasked with evaluating land supply options and forming public consensus.

While filling Plover Cove Reservoir would create 600 hectares of residential land, the cost of doing so is a 40 per cent reduction in local freshwater storage from 586 million cubic metres to 365 cubic metres according to the source, citing a government paper to be discussed at the meeting.

Hong Kong maintains four to six months’ storage of freshwater in reservoirs in case of any supply disruption from the Dongjiang river, which runs through Guangdong province and accounts for 80 per cent of local needs. Losing Plover Cove would reduce the security buffer to just three to four months and it would undermine the city’s ability to respond if water supply from Dongjiang river has to be suspended, the government says in the paper.

It is understood the government has also highlighted concerns to the task force such as the ecology in the area as well as the semi-enclosed Tolo Harbour’s sensitivity to water pollution. It points out that there are mangroves, sites of special scientific interest, beaches, typhoon shelters and aquaculture sites in the vicinity.

The source said the government believed the plan would pose major technical and environmental complications and would possibly violate guiding principles of its “Hong Kong 2030 Plus” planning strategy and vision to protect areas of high ecological and conservation value.

In any case, the government says such a proposal from planning to site formation would more than 20 years to complete and should only be considered by the task force as a long-term option.

More : http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/h...d-be-risk-hong
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