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Old April 25th, 2011, 10:40 PM   #81
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SCMA speaks to the media
Sunday, April 3, 2011
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The Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs, Mr Stephen Lam, this afternoon (April 3) attended a forum on the National 12th Five-Year Plan organised by the National School of Administration Hong Kong Alumni Association. Following is the transcript (English portion) of Mr Lam's remarks to the media afterwards:

Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs: The adoption of the National 12th Five-Year is to be warmly applauded and accepted in Hong Kong. There are a number of important areas which will benefit Hong Kong's development of the Mainland market access henceforth.

Firstly, the Central Government has made clear that it will support and upgrade Hong Kong's position as an international financial, trading and shipping centre. Therefore, the development of the Renminbi (RMB) business in Hong Kong will continue to expand. As at early 2010, we only had about RMB 50 billion accumulated in Hong Kong. But by the end of 2010, we already had over RMB 370 billion. As at the end of February, the amount has grown to over RMB 400 billion. So we are experiencing exponential growth in the RMB business in Hong Kong and we believe that this will continue. Henceforth, our mission is to develop more RMB business products so that more financial returns can be made by investors and more employment opportunities will be provided in Hong Kong.

Secondly, the Central Government has also undertaken to allow the free trade arrangements between Hong Kong and the Mainland to continue to expand, in particular certain pilot measures currently only established in Guangdong can be extended to other provinces and regions in the Mainland.

Thirdly, there will be new opportunities for regional co-operation between Hong Kong and the Mainland. For example, in the last year and a half, we have been discussing very actively with the Guangdong and Shenzhen authorities to establish a new area in Shenzhen called Qianhai. Even though this is only a limited territory of 15 square kilometres, we believe that it has every potential of being developed into a new financial, professional and service industry centre for Hong Kong service providers to establish themselves in the Mainland. We also believe that this will start off another round of developments for the next 30 years. Following the industralisation of the southern Mainland region in the last 30 years, we will now have the opportunity to upgrade the professional and service industries in the Mainland through very active participation by Hong Kong.
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Old May 23rd, 2011, 05:54 PM   #82
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Qianhai set to make history with law to reveal income
24 March 2011
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The Qianhai Special Zone in Shenzhen will try to benefit from Hong Kong's experience, requiring all top-level officials to declare their incomes and financial records. It will be one of the few places on the mainland to do so.

According to a draft law announced yesterday by the Shenzhen Municipal People's Congress, all 11 members of the committee - two of whom are from Hong Kong, along with directors of the Qianhai Management Bureau, its senior management staff, ombudsman and assistant ombudsman - would be required to make their incomes public and declare any connections or interests that may relate to the decisions they make regarding policymaking and management.

Although several regions, including the Altay prefecture of Xinjiang , began requiring their 1,000 county-level cadres to declare their income from 2008, this would be the first law on the mainland that requires the declaration of income and interest. Qianhai will make history if the law is approved by the Shenzhen People's Congress next month in its second examination after this month's public consultation.

But the income and interest declaration will not apply to other Shenzhen cadres, as only Qianhai has been given that Hong Kong-style autonomy. The declaration system will apply only to Qianhai's management team, and Shenzhen's current laws and regulations will apply to Qianhai only if they are specifically legislated for that area.

Professor Tsao King-kwun of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, who specialises in administrative and civil service reform in China, said if Qianhai officials were required to make public personal income and interests, it would be different from a property declaration.

"[It] doesn't require officials to declare their property and other assets ... According to the draft, Qian officials may need to make public only their income. The draft doesn't define income and whether it includes investment income," Tsao said in The Southern Metropolis News.

Mainland cadres are notorious for widespread corruption, and academics blamed its pervasiveness on a lack of effective anti-graft mechanisms. In grass-roots governments, financial and supervisory power is in the hands of Communist Party bosses and bureau chiefs.

Besides high salaries and generous perks such as public houses and cars, officials have various ways to embezzle public money and take bribes - known as "grey income".

A survey that attempted to put a monetary value on the country's corruption-fuelled grey income, conducted by the National Economic Research Institute in Beijing last year, estimated that China's rich may hide up to 9.3 trillion yuan (HK$11 trillion) in grey income, equal to one-third of the country's gross domestic product, after interviewing 4,000 households from 64 cities. About 5 per cent of those interviewed were party cadres at different levels.

At least seven city, district, county or prefecture-level governments require officials to declare their assets from 2008, including Pudong district in Shanghai, and Liuyang city and Xiangxiang county in Hunan.

Shenzhen's government, in a plan that has Beijing's blessing, is laying ambitious plans for a "Manhattan of the Pearl River Delta", a beating heart for a dynamic regional economic powerhouse.
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Old May 24th, 2011, 05:33 PM   #83
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Hong Kong-Shenzhen Joint Task Force on Boundary District Development holds sixth meeting
Monday, May 23, 2011
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The Secretary for Development of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Mrs Carrie Lam, and the Executive Vice Mayor of the Shenzhen Municipal Government, Mr Lu Ruifeng, convened the sixth meeting of the Hong Kong-Shenzhen Joint Task Force on Boundary District Development in Hong Kong today (May 23).

The task force was briefed by its working group on the progress of the development of the Lok Ma Chau Loop and the Liantang/Heung Yuen Wai Boundary Control Point project and discussed the way forward. With higher education to be the leading land use in the Lok Ma Chau Loop, the task force has set up a Working Group on Higher Education Development in Lok Ma Chau Loop. Comprising officials from education authorities in both Hong Kong and Shenzhen, the working group will discuss issues related to higher education development in the Lok Ma Chau Loop.

With regard to the Planning and Engineering Study on Development of Lok Ma Chau Loop, both Hong Kong and Shenzhen have commenced concurrently the public engagement exercise. Positive feedback from the community including suggestions on how to improve the development of Areas A, B and C has been received. Both sides have begun to revise the outline development plan in light of the public feedback. Upon completion of the revision, the Stage Two public engagement will commence.

Regarding the Liantang/Heung Yuen Wai Boundary Control Point project, the Hong Kong and Shenzhen authorities have launched an international design ideas competition for the passenger terminal building. The assessment panel conducted the first round of assessment in early May. Ten entries each from both the professional group and open group were selected. An exhibition of the selected entries will be held in both Hong Kong and Shenzhen in June. The selected entries will also be uploaded onto the competition website (www.lthywbcp-design.hk). Public views on the selected entries will be collected. The assessment panel will conduct the second round of assessment in July. Taking into account the public views, the winning entries will be announced in an award presentation ceremony in August.

The Hong Kong and Shenzhen authorities have reached a consensus on the mode of co-operation on the construction work of the bridge and footbridge connecting the boundary control points of both sides. Details of the entrustment arrangement and agreement are being worked out. Meanwhile, both Hong Kong and Shenzhen authorities are now taking forward various preparatory works for the boundary control points' construction. The study on investigation and preliminary design of the boundary control point on the Hong Kong side was completed in late 2010. The detailed design and construction supervision consultancy agreement commenced in mid-March and the reprovisioning works for Chuk Yuen Village have also begun. The detailed planning of the boundary control point on the Shenzhen side has been generally completed while the feasibility study and the environmental impact assessment are now being carried out. According to the schedule, the construction work of the boundary control points will commence in Hong Kong and Shenzhen in 2013, with a view to opening the boundary control points no later than 2018.

The task force was pleased to note that both the development of the Lok Ma Chau Loop and the Liantang/Heung Yuen Wai Boundary Control Point project had made marked progress.
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Old May 31st, 2011, 10:38 AM   #84
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Build on both our strengths, Shenzhen urges
25 May 2011
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Hong Kong and Shenzhen were meant to complement each other rather than compete, Shenzhen's Communist Party chief said yesterday in Hong Kong, urging greater investment in the proposed Qianhai district across the border.

Speaking to about 300 business executives from major global companies - including IBM and Maersk, as well as Hong Kong and mainland government officials - Wang Rong said Qianhai needed about 40 billion yuan (HK$47.8 billion) in investment over the next three years.

Qianhai is a 15-square kilometre area of mostly bare landfill north of Shekou in Shenzhen's Nanshan district. But in March it gained strategic importance in the mainland's 12th five-year plan. The goal is to turn the area into the "Manhattan of the Pearl River Delta", with new industries, such as finance, hi-tech, IT, logistics, media, communications and professional services

Guangdong officials are considering granting Qianhai the chance to experiment with new forms of governance and economic policy. This could include taxation and administrative autonomy, the establishment of a new anti-corruption body similar to Hong Kong's ICAC and even establishing a new court that would adopt some of Hong Kong's judiciary practices and laws.

"The two cities [Hong Kong and Shenzhen] should extend their complementary roles," said Wang, who is also a member of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress' Guangdong provincial committee. "We are located right next to Hong Kong, an advantage other mainland cities do not have, and it is a contributor to what Shenzhen is today."

Shenzhen is betting on the Qianhai project as its future growth engine. The proposal for the area comes as Beijing is pushing manufacturers in the Pearl River Delta to either make higher value products and upgrade their technology, or relocate to other parts of the country. Wang said he preferred to have companies stay put and upgrade.

But Federation of Hong Kong Industries chairman Cliff Sun Kai-lit said many of the trade body's 3,000 members complained that the rules were changing too rapidly and wanted a longer transition period.

"The time between the announcement and implementation of the rules is so short that it puts many manufacturers in a difficult situation," Sun said.

He cited examples of proposed rules to allow migrant workers to play a part in managing the factories they work in and future regulations on pension funds for the labourers. These issues remain under discussion after complaints by Hong Kong factory owners since late last year.
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Shenzhen dumps nearly all its bold plans for Qianhai
Development zone told to concentrate on economy rather than striving for Hong Kong-style autonomy
29 June 2011
South China Morning Post

Shenzhen authorities have told Qianhai - a 15-square-kilometre development zone - to focus only on its economy, just six months after the city's leaders vowed to turn it into a mini Hong Kong with greater legal and administrative autonomy.

A final version of Qianhai's administrative regulation approved by the Standing Committee of the Shenzhen People's Congress on Monday deleted almost all the bold experimental measures that promised to learn from Hong Kong's experience.

These included the appointment of two Hong Kong members to its 11-member decision-making committee, having a Hong Kong-style independent commission against corruption and an ombudsman, and requiring all senior officials to declare their incomes and financial records.

The State Council designated Qianhai, 15 square kilometres of reclaimed land north of Shekou, as a "Shenzhen-Hong Kong modern service industries co-operation zone" in August and said it should be turned into "the Manhattan of the Pearl River Delta" by allowing it to test some groundbreaking ideas. One was to invite Hong Kong people to help manage the area and set up a Hong Kong-style anti-corruption mechanism.

Dr Fang Zhou , assistant chief research officer at the Hong Kong-based One Country Two Systems Research Institute, said the regulation approved by the Shenzhen legislature suggested that Hong Kong would not be directly involved in Qianhai's management, although it might be connected economically.

"Unlike Singapore's co-operation with Suzhou , Hong Kong doesn't have any government department to focus on co-development issues, and can't directly get involved in Qianhai's development," Fang said. "Also, inviting Hong Kong people to manage Qianhai and many other innovative measures surpassed the limits of Shenzhen's authority. It's realistic to delete them."

Zhou Rongsheng , deputy director of the Shenzhen People's Congress' legal committee, was quoted in yesterday's Southern Metropolis News as saying the U-turn had been made because "Qianhai is still at the beginning stage of attracting investment and construction. Its management shouldn't take too many responsibilities besides economic development."

Hong Kong's Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Bureau yesterday said it was a decision for Shenzhen and declined to comment on the city's U-turn on the bold reforms.

"The Shenzhen municipal government is responsible for the development and management of Qianhai, while the SAR government provides comments on the study and formulation of issues like development planning and the related policies under the principle of 'one country, two systems'," it said yesterday. "We won't comment on media reports on individual aspects of the legislative work in Shenzhen."

The spokesman said Hong Kong would support Qianhai by encouraging its businesses to invest there.

Mainland media reported that people were disappointed that the regulation no longer included many experimental measures aimed at blazing a trail for democratisation and fighting widespread corruption. The proposal for a Hong Kong-style graft-buster and ombudsman was changed to a joint supervisory team involving the Communist Party's disciplinary watchdog, prosecutors, police and auditors.

Qianhai, along with Nansha in Guangzhou and Hengqin in Zhuhai, was written into China's 12th five-year plan for 2011-15 as a testing ground of strategic importance. Before the U-turn, it was set to have its own laws, regulations and tax regime by the end of the year.
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Results of International Design Ideas Competition for Liantang/Heung Yuen Wai BCP Passenger Terminal Building announced
Thursday, September 1, 2011
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The governments of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) and Shenzhen today (September 1) announced the results of the International Design Ideas Competition for Liantang/Heung Yuen Wai Boundary Control Point (BCP) Passenger Terminal Building at the Prize Award Ceremony for the competition.

Launched in December 2010, the competition received an overwhelming response from entrants worldwide. More than 170 entries from over 10 countries and regions including the United States, France, the United Kingdom, Greece and Holland were received. The six winners of the Professional Group and the Open Group are from Hong Kong, Shenzhen and Guangzhou.

The Secretary for Development, Mrs Carrie Lam, and the Executive Vice-Mayor of the Shenzhen Municipal People's Government, Mr Lu Ruifeng, officiated at the ceremony and presented prizes to the winners.

Speaking at the award ceremony, Mrs Lam said the Liantang/Heung Yuen Wai BCP is one of the seven major projects involving co-operation between Guangdong Province, Hong Kong and Macau under the 12th National Five-Year Plan. It will be the seventh land-based Hong Kong-Shenzhen BCP, connected to the Eastern Corridor in Shenzhen to provide a more efficient cross-border link to the eastern part of Shenzhen, as well as Huizhou, eastern parts of Guangdong and neighbouring provinces.

"When both governments agreed on the construction of the BCP, they decided that the BCP's design should be people-oriented. The Government of the HKSAR has attached great importance to public engagement and creativity when implementing major infrastructure projects in recent years. Hence, we came up with the idea of an international design competition for the Passenger Terminal Building and the four road bridges across the Shenzhen River. I am very pleased that this idea has received full support from the Shenzhen Municipal People's Government.

"This competition is the first design competition jointly organised by the governments of the HKSAR and Shenzhen. The prize award ceremony today not only marks an important milestone for the BCP project, but also fully demonstrates the increasingly close ties and co-operation between the two places.

"To further enhance its characteristics with regard to convenience and benefits for the public, we have made reference to the arrangement at the Shenzhen side that all passengers could arrive at the terminal building via public or private transport, or on foot. The BCP on the Hong Kong side will be designed as a land-based BCP directly accessible by both pedestrians, through a pedestrian subway, and private vehicles," Mrs Lam said.

Mr Lu added, "The enhancement of cross-boundary infrastructure development is the basis and focus of co-operation between Shenzhen and Hong Kong. The two places jointly organised this competition with a view toward uplifting the design standard of planning for cross-boundary infrastructure facilities. The success of the event is the result of close co-operation between Shenzhen and Hong Kong and has fully realised the spirit of people-oriented design and public participation, and has embraced creativity."

The jury, led by the Head Juror, Professor He Jingtang of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, selected 10 finalist entries each from the Professional Group and the Open Group in the first round of adjudication in early May this year. To solicit public views, these finalist entries were exhibited in public roving exhibitions in Hong Kong and Shenzhen and on the competition website from June 1 to July 5. Subsequently, the jury consolidated the public opinions collected in the second round of adjudication and selected three winning entries, three commendation entries and four finalist entries each from the Professional Group and the Open Group. The jury said that the standard of the entries was very high. Participants showed their innovative ideas and unique perspectives on the Hong Kong-Shenzhen connection and the design of the Passenger Terminal Building. The winning entries of the Professional Group will be taken as a reference by both governments for the future detailed design of the Passenger Terminal Building.

The details of the winners in the Professional Group and the Open Group and their entry titles are shown in the Annex. All the entries have been uploaded to the competition website at www.lthywbcp-design.hk. The winning entries will be displayed in a roving exhibition in Hong Kong and Shenzhen from tomorrow (September 2) until October 31. Admission to the roving exhibition is free. For details, please refer to the website above.
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i hope hongkong will build a new ferry jety..the existing one look so old and fragile
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Hong Kong-Shenzhen Joint Task Force on Boundary District Development holds seventh meeting
Monday, October 31, 2011
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The Secretary for Development of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Mrs Carrie Lam, and the Executive Vice Mayor of the Shenzhen Municipal Government, Mr Lu Ruifeng, convened the seventh meeting of the Hong Kong-Shenzhen Joint Task Force on Boundary District Development (Joint Task Force) in Hong Kong today (October 31).

The Joint Task Force was briefed by its working groups on the progress of the Lok Ma Chau Loop Development, including its mode of development, and the Liantang/Heung Yuen Wai Boundary Control Point (BCP) project, and discussed the way forward.

Regarding the Liantang/Heung Yuen Wai BCP project, the International Design Ideas Competition for the BCP Passenger Terminal Building jointly organised by Hong Kong and Shenzhen has been completed. The results were announced in a prize award ceremony hosted by the Secretary for Development and the Executive Vice Mayor of the Shenzhen Municipal Government in September. The Hong Kong and Shenzhen authorities agreed to make reference to the winning entry in taking forward the design of the passenger terminal building and would actively prepare for the detailed design work. Meanwhile, both Hong Kong and Shenzhen sides are undertaking various preparatory works for the construction of the BCP.

The detailed design and construction supervision consultancy agreement for the site formation works of the BCP and the construction works of the BCP connecting road on the Hong Kong side commenced in mid-March while the associated investigation works have just begun in late October. The Shenzhen side has already completed the detailed planning, site selection, land requirement, environmental impact assessment and preparation of the feasibility study report while the preliminary investigation works are underway. According to the schedule, the site formation works of the BCP will commence in Hong Kong and Shenzhen in 2013, with a view to commissioning the BCP no later than 2018.

With regard to the co-development of the Lok Ma Chau Loop, the Hong Kong and Shenzhen authorities continued to actively explore various issues including the development positioning, applicable laws, land administration and co-development mechanism of the Loop. The discussion is making good progress. Regarding the planning and engineering study, both sides will continue to refine the development scheme of the Loop in the light of the public views received earlier and the results of technical assessments. The Recommended Outline Development Plan is expected to be available for public consultation in early 2012.

The Joint Task Force was pleased to note that both the development of the Lok Ma Chau Loop and the Liantang/Heung Yuen Wai BCP project had made marked progress.

To tie in with the expansion of the Man Kam To BCP in Shenzhen, the Shenzhen Municipal Government suggested to use a small part of cross-boundary land formed as a result of the river training works for the Shenzhen River near the Man Kam To BCP to help ease traffic congestion at the passenger vehicles throughway. The Hong Kong and Shenzhen authorities agreed to the suggestion during the meeting.

The meeting was held at the Hong Kong Science Park (Science Park). After the meeting, representatives of the Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation briefed the Joint Task Force on the development of the Science Park and led a tour of its facilities.
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Wetland mall idea sunk
The Standard
Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Robust cross-border shopping by mainland visitors is boosting business not only for urban stores but also retailers in the northern part of the New Territories.

Naturally, rental rates of shop space in areas such as Yuen Long and Sheung Shui are on a sustained upward trajectory.

Many believe that if the government increases the supply of retailing space in the Northern District, new employment opportunities will be created.

That idea has been kicked around a few times in the not-so-distant past.

I heard that in the post-SARS days, some businessmen mooted the idea of setting up a brand-name products mall on a vacant lot close to the Wetland Park in the northern part of Tin Shui Wai, and model it on border discount outlet malls in Western countries.

A proposal was submitted to the government, but the idea eventually fizzled out.

Had it been adopted, the mall could have already made a name for itself.

One of the obstacles that hindered further advancement of the idea was the lease terms for the proposed site.

If the term was too short, no one would be interested since there would not be enough time even to recoup capital investment.

On the other hand, the government was reluctant to commit to a long-term lease as land is a precious resource.

And, if the mall turned out to be highly popular, it would be hard to terminate the lease and restore the land for other uses without sparking a public uproar.

Since the jobless rate has fallen below 4percent,
job creation is no longer a factor that would make the idea worthwhile.

A friend visited the Wetland Park recently, and noticed the site proposed for the mall remains vacant.

Had it been let for retailing purposes, the lease would be expiring already.

So unless someone comes up with a better idea, it looks like the vacant site is going to stay that way for the time being. Siu Sai-wo is chief editor of Sing Tao Daily
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$16b border crossing mulled
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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The seventh border crossing - an attempt to boost ties with Shenzhen and the mainland - will cost HK$16.2 billion.

Construction of the Liantang/Heung Yuen Wai crossing in the northwest will start in December and likely complete in 2018, the development bureau said.

That is if the public works subcommittee endorses the plan next month and the Legislative Council Finance Committee approves funding in June.

The new border gate - between Man Kam To and Sha Tau Kok - will be connected to the Eastern Corridor to provide better access to eastern Shenzhen as well as to Huizhou, in central Guangdong.

Access to the control point will be via carriageways and the Lung Shan Tunnel, a 4.8-kilometer dual two-lane tunnel connecting Princess Hill and Lung Shan - the longest in the territory.

A pedestrian subway and elevated carriageways will allow greater accessibility.

The government expects the new control point to handle up to 20,600 vehicles and 30,700 passengers a day by 2030, with economic benefits to the SAR an estimated HK$14 billion between 2018 and 2030.

The two-story control point building will be built over 18 hectares on the Hong Kong side, linking to the Shenzhen border control building through a passenger hall.

The estimated economic benefits do not include a likely increase in employment opportunities and property prices.

The construction of the passenger terminal at Heung Yuen Wai, however, will require the relocation of Chuk Yuen village.

Indigenous villagers affected by the land resumption and clearance will get up to HK$600,000 in compensation per household as well as a domestic removal allowance ranging from HK$3,000 to HK$12,000.

Residents will be rehoused in Chuk Yuen South - a plot located a few hundred meters away from their current homes.

The allowance will enable villagers to buy land on which to build a two-storey cottage house with a maximum roofed-over area of 500 square feet per floor.

The crossing is one of seven joint projects between Guangdong and the two SARs of Hong Kong and Macau under the 12th Five- Year Plan for 2011 to 2015.
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Road works at Liantang/Heung Yuen Wai Boundary Control Point and associated works gazetted
Friday, April 27, 2012
Government Press Release

The Government published a notice in the Gazette today (April 27) on the road works at the Liantang/Heung Yuen Wai Boundary Control Point and associated works. The road works have been authorised by the Chief Executive in Council.

The road works include:

(1) Construction of an approximate 4.8km dual two-lane road tunnel between Princess Hill and Lung Shan (the Lung Shan Tunnel) with associated cross passages;

(2) Construction of an approximate 0.9km dual two-lane road tunnel at Cheung Shan (the Cheung Shan Tunnel) with associated cross passages;

(3) Construction of an administration building and outdoor compound, four ventilation buildings at tunnel portals and a ventilation building at Lau Shui Heung, with associated maintenance accesses to facilitate ventilation and tunnel control operation of the Lung Shan Tunnel and Cheung Shan Tunnel;

(4) Construction of an approximate 200m ventilation adit from the mid-section of the Lung Shan Tunnel to the ventilation building at Lau Shui Heung to facilitate ventilation and tunnel control operation of the Lung Shan Tunnel;

(5) Construction of an approximate 0.4km dual two-lane carriageway (including approximately 0.2km elevated carriageway and approximately 0.2km at-grade carriageway) at the south portal of the Lung Shan Tunnel with associated slip roads connecting with Fanling Highway near Kiu Tau;

(6) Construction of an approximate 0.9km dual two-lane carriageway (including approximately 0.5km elevated carriageway and approximately 0.4km at-grade carriageway) between the south portal of the Cheung Shan Tunnel and the north portal of the Lung Shan Tunnel;

(7) Construction of an approximate 3.2km dual two-lane carriageway (including an approximate 2.7km elevated carriageway and an approximate 0.5km at-grade carriageway) between the proposed Liantang/Heung Yuen Wai Boundary Control Point and the north portal of the Cheung Shan Tunnel;

(8) Construction of elevated and at-grade carriageways, road tunnel, footpaths, footbridges, public car park and public transport interchange within the proposed Liantang/Heung Yuen Wai Boundary Control Point;

(9) Construction of elevated carriageways and pedestrian access connecting the proposed Liantang/Heung Yuen Wai Boundary Control Point with the new Boundary Control Point on Shenzhen side;

(10) Construction of a roundabout with associated slip roads and at-grade carriageways connecting to Lin Ma Hang Road;

(11) Construction of slip roads between Lin Ma Hang Road and the proposed Liantang/Heung Yuen Wai Boundary Control Point;

(12) Widening of an approximate 1.2km Lin Ma Hang Road from its junction with Ping Che Road to the south of the proposed Liantang/Heung Yuen Wai Boundary Control Point;

(13) Widening of an approximate 0.3km existing carriageway linking Lin Ma Hang Road to Chuk Yuen Village Resite Area;

(14) Modification and realignment of various roads, including an approximate 0.6km Lin Ma Hang Road across the proposed Liantang/Heung Yuen Wai Boundary Control Point; an approximate 0.6km Tai Wo Service Road West and its adjacent footpaths; an approximate 0.5km Tai Wo Service Road East, and its adjacent footpaths and cycle track; an approximate 0.4km Sha Tau Kok Road; as well as an approximate 0.3km Wo Keng Shan Road;

(15) Construction of a roundabout with associated slip roads at Shan Tong connecting to Sha Tau Kok Road and Wo Keng Shan Road;

(16) Construction of a roundabout with associated slip roads and access road at Ping Yeung connecting to Ping Yeung Village;

(17) Construction of a pedestrian subway and associated facilities to connect the proposed Liantang/Heung Yuen Wai Boundary Control Point and the realigned Lin Ma Hang Road;

(18) Permanent closure/demolition/temporary closure and reconstruction/modification/realignment of sections of the existing carriageways (including central reserves/refuge islands), footpaths and footbridges; and

(19) Ancillary works including site formation, geotechnical, slope, drainage, water supplies, utilities, landscaping, and electrical and mechanical works; construction of retaining walls, noise barriers, boundary security facilities, planting areas (including amenity areas), central reserves/refuge islands, maintenance accesses, and facilities for tunnel operation and the proposed Liantang/Heung Yuen Wai Boundary Control Point operation; as well as relocation of an existing police bay and the Wo Keng Shan Road Garden and Public Toilet.
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LCQ6: Transport and development of Tung Chung
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Government Press Release

Following is a question by the Hon Lau Kong-wah and a reply by the Secretary for Transport and Housing, Ms Eva Cheng, in the Legislative Council today (May 16):

Question:

Some residents of Tung Chung have indicated that after years of development of a new town in North Lantau which centres around Tung Chung, the population there has increased annually, and the residents have been facing problems such as high travelling expenses, high prices of goods and high pressure on their livelihood since they moved into the district, and the situation has not improved over the years. In this connection, will the Government inform this Council:

(a) given that the local infrastructure projects of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge will soon commence, how the planning of the airport island in Chek Lap Kok will dovetail with the relevant development so as to achieve the effect of a "bridgehead economy"; of the latest progress of the whole project; whether more commercial and community facilities (e.g. parks, shopping malls and hotels, etc.) in Tung Chung are planned so as to attract tourists to the district for consumption, create job opportunities and promote the development of service industries in the district;

(b) given that the SkyPier at the Hong Kong International Airport is now open for use only by transit passengers and provides them with air-to-sea / sea-to-air speedy ferry services to and from the Pearl River Delta region and Macao, whether the authorities will consider afresh making the services at the SkyPier available to Hong Kong residents for direct departure from and arrival at the territory so as to facilitate the flow of people and traffic within the district, stimulate tourism development, and bring convenience to Tung Chung residents; and

(c) given that some Tung Chung residents have indicated that as they rely mainly on the MTR for travelling to other districts but the fare is expensive, and monthly ticket concessions are not offered for the Tung Chung line and, in addition, the MTR will soon increase its fares, the burden on Tung Chung residents, which is already very heavy, will definitely increase further, whether the authorities will request the MTR to offer monthly ticket concessions to Tung Chung residents so as to alleviate the pressure on their livelihood?

Reply:

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(a) When we considered the landing points and the location of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge (HZMB) Hong Kong Boundary Crossing Facilities (HKBCF), economic benefits were one of the important considerations.

After considering various related factors, the HKBCF will be located at the northeast of the Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA). The HKBCF is located at an accessible and favourable geographical location and is in the vicinity of HKIA. It will accommodate extensively-connected road sections and link roads for traffic to and from Tuen Mun and North Lantau. Therefore, apart from providing immigration, customs and public transport interchanging facilities, the HKBCF will become a strategic multi-modal transportation hub on the west of Hong Kong. Its traffic and economic benefits will radiate to nearby areas and will significantly boost the economic development capability of these areas.

To give full play to the benefit of the HZMB and HKBCF in facilitating the bridgehead economy in the nearby areas, we plan to provide convenient transport services between the HKBCF and HKIA, Tung Chung, other parts of the Lantau Island and Tuen Mun. These services will encourage travellers coming to Hong Kong through the HZMB to make use of the commercial facilities in these locations (for example, the Asia World-Expo, hotels in the vicinity, shopping malls in Tung Chung and tourist attractions on the Lantau Island etc.) in order to provide business opportunities to these areas.

On the other hand, the Airport Authority (AA) is conducting a consultancy study on how to further drive commercial development at the airport. The study also assesses the demand and supply of ancillary facilities at and nearby the airport to tie in with the long-term development needs of the airport and facilitate the bridgehead economy.

As regards the remaining development of Tung Chung, the Civil Engineering and Development Department and the Planning Department commenced a "Planning and Engineering Study on the Remaining Development in Tung Chung" ("the Study") early this year to review the planning and development of the remaining area in Tung Chung. The Study will focus on the provision of more land to meet housing needs. It will also explore possible sites for supporting facilities including commercial, retail and services ones. Relevant planning considerations such as environmental protection, transport and housing demands will be taken into account with a view to putting forward the most appropriate development proposal. During the formulation of the development options, the Government will give due regard to the development of adjacent areas (including HZMB and HKIA) and the economic synergies brought about by the improvement of the entire road network connecting North Lantau.

Meanwhile, in planning and developing Tung Chung New Town, the Government aims to meet the need of Tung Chung residents for community facilities. Adequate land has been reserved for different types of commercial and community facilities, including schools, medical and health facilities, police station, fire station, post office, library, community and recreational facilities as well as open spaces, in accordance with the Hong Kong Planning Standards and Guidelines. Having regard to population growth and land use planning, relevant policy bureaux and departments would co-ordinate the planning and implementation of the various community facilities. They would take forward individual developments as far as practicable to cope with the population growth and distribution.

(b) At present, cross-boundary ferry services are mainly provided at the two cross-boundary ferry terminals (CBFTs) managed by the Government (i.e. Hong Kong-Macau Ferry Terminal and the China Ferry Terminal). The maximum daily processing capacities of the two CBFTs is 290,000. In 2011, the total peak daily patronage for these two terminals is only 133,000, accounting for about 46% of the total processing capacities of the CBFTs. We expect that the demand for cross-boundary ferry services would continue to increase steadily before the commissioning of the HZMB in 2016 and the CBFTs managed by the Government would have sufficient capacity to meet the projected increase in patronage.

Apart from the two CBFTs managed by the Government, we rented part of the Tuen Mun ferry pier to a private organisation by way of a tenancy agreement for operation of cross-boundary ferry services in 2003. At present, the Tuen Mun Ferry Terminal only provides cross-boundary ferry services between Hong Kong and Macao with a daily patronage of around 1,000.

The main purpose of providing SkyPier service at HKIA is to provide speedy ferry services for air transit passengers travelling to and from the Pearl River Delta (PRD) and Macao.

The existing SkyPier is located within the Airport Restricted Area where customs, immigration and quarantine (CIQ) facilities are not provided. If the SkyPier is to open for use by non-transit passengers, it would require expansion to fit in the necessary facilities and increase the handling capacity of the pier. AA has looked into this and concluded that the provision of the CIQ facilities would not increase the usage of the SkyPier services by transit passengers. In addition, the relevant works would incur substantial capital costs and manpower and take two to three years to design and build. AA therefore has no plan to pursue the proposal.

In fact, the Government has been enhancing the transport connectivity between Hong Kong and the PRD region through different strategies. Upon the completion of the HZMB, which is being constructed, in 2016, the Western PRD will fall within a 3-hour-commuting radius from Hong Kong. It would significantly reduce transportation costs and time for travellers and goods on the road, enabling Hong Kong to fully develop its key role as a regional trade and logistics hub. It is envisaged that HZMB will also benefit various sectors in Hong Kong, such as tourism, finance and commerce. Visitors travelling through the HZMB can conveniently reach the nearby facilities at the airport island as well as tourist attractions in Lantau and Tung Chung, enhancing the business opportunities of the tourism and convention and exhibition industries. Residents in Lantau and Tung Chung could also travel to and from the PRD conveniently.

In view of the aforesaid considerations, in particular that the HZMB will provide another option for cross-boundary travellers between Hong Kong and Macao, and between Hong Kong and cities on the western side of the Pearl River, we consider that it is more prudent to review the need for making available the SkyPier to for immigration clearance after the commissioning of the HZMB. However, in case there is private organisation interested in operating cross-boundary ferry service at HKIA, based on the Tuen Mun Ferry Terminal model, for the provision of direct immigration clearance, we could study the feasibility of the proposal.

(c) The relatively high inflation rate in Hong Kong at the moment has resulted in a heavy financial burden on the local community. The Government understands that members of the public are concerned that the increase of travelling expenses would aggravate their burden of living, particularly to those living in remote districts and frequent commuters of the MTR Corporation Limited (MTRCL).

As I have emphasised at various occasions earlier, the Government shares the same concern and expectation of the society. We are of the view that the MTRCL should, apart from considering its commercial operations, give due regard to its corporate social responsibility. While providing safe and efficient railway services, the MTRCL should also strive to help the public reduce fare expenses. In this regard, the Government has had rounds of discussion with MTRCL on how to deal with this year's fare adjustment in an appropriate manner.

I have urged the MTRCL to reward the additional revenue arising from the fare adjustment to passengers through various effective means, so as to substantively address the needs of various groups of passengers and alleviate their burden of travelling expenses.

Public's views and requests on fare concessions have been well-received by the MTRCL. As far as I know, the MTRCL is actively working on various concession and reward proposals, with a view to making an announcement by the end of May 2012.
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Tung Chung could be twice the size
The Standard
Monday, June 11, 2012

There is enough land available to double the size of Tung Chung new town although government plans for the area will not be known for a few days.

Speaking at an exhibition organized by the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong and the New Territories Association of Societies, Secretary for Development Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said Tung Chung could take advantage of its proximity to the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge and the road linking Tuen Mun to Chek Lap Kok to develop the local economy.

Lam said 15 sites, including the southwestern part of Tung Chung and the Siu Ho Wan depot, have been identified in the district master plan, three of which will be used for public housing.

Local organizations have suggested that 150 hectares be used for public and private housing, or about 24,000 flats, allowing the population to increase from 130,000 to 230,000.

An earlier proposal to build public housing in the area was suspended following opposition from private flat owners. Lam said the government will study the proposal again and details will be announced in the next few days.

The organizations also proposed building a cycling track linking Tung Chung and Inspiration Lake.

Islands district councillor Bill Tang Ka-piu slammed the imbalance in government town planning, saying it has constructed many public facilities, such as a waterfront promenade, near private property instead of close to public housing estates where the majority of people live.

"I hope the government will distribute the facilities more widely in its next development plan," Tang said.

He also hopes the government will consider creating more job opportunities in in Tung Chung industries.

Kenix Lau Ching-wai, who lives on Yat Tung Estate, said she fears the current infrastructure - recreation centers and a hospital that is under construction - will not be able to cope with a rapid expansion of the town.
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Tung Chung 'park' on way
The Standard
Wednesday, June 20, 2012



A new theme park has been included in the development plans of Tung Chung to meet the needs of residents.

Details of the plan will be discussed by the Legislative Council panel on development. A paper shows 285 hectares of land will be created in the new town.

This includes about 110 hectares on the waterfront where the theme park, which will comprise half of the area, will be built.

The other 175 hectares will come from western Tung Chung, and part of the Tung Chung Bay will be reclaimed.

The current population of Tung Chung is 70,000 and this is expected to go up to 220,000 once the development of the township has been completed.

However, the development plan has yet to be confirmed and is subject to the views and feedback from the community during the first stage of public consultation, which is under way now and will last until August 12.

The Tung Chung development has been identified under the land use master plan across the territory, in which 150 hectares of housing sites will be created in the short term while 2,400 hectares will be made available in the long term.











Meanwhile, a Development Bureau spokesman said all 150 hectares of land for residential development will come from the Northeastern New Territories and will accommodate more than 150,000 people.

The NT development area will provide 53,800 new residential units, of which 57 percent will be for private housing and the rest for public rental.

The maximum building height will not exceed 35 stories to ensure optimum design and a viable air circulation in the area.

Kwu Tung North, situated between Sheung Shui and Lok Ma Chau, will be the biggest area and have the largest population. Fan Ling North will be turned into a riverside township, while Ping Che/Ta Kwu Ling will be the smallest area.

The spokesman said compulsory land acquisition and compensation will cost an estimated HK$40 billion.

Similarly, the government plans to develop another site at Anderson Road Quarry near Kwun Tong and Tseung Kwan O.

This is expected to provide 7,000 private housing units and 1,700 new Home Ownership Scheme units to accommodate a total population of 23,000 people.

The bureau expects construction work to begin as soon as 2017, and residents are expected to move in 10 years later.
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NT new town plan back in style amid old fears
The Standard
Friday, June 29, 2012

A public-private partnership will no longer be an option for developing the northeastern New Territories to allay concerns about possible government- business collusion.

Instead, the government will adopt a conventional "new town" approach to resume land to be sold later to developers, Chief Secretary-designate Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said.

A Legislative Council development panel meeting yesterday saw questions raised about whether the government would be favoring the big developers in a joint-development approach.

That is because Henderson Land (0012) and Sun Hung Kai Properties (0016) hold vast tracts of agricultural land in the areas in question - in Kwu Tung North, Fan Ling North and Ping Che.

Lawmaker Albert Chan Wai-yip asked whether a joint approach will benefit developers by putting market values on land they hold.

Lam said the government will set aside HK$40 billion for land acquisition and compensation, and the existing practice for payouts does not take into account future development potential but rather the value of agricultural land or the number of squatter houses on it.

A total of 32 hectares has been reserved in Kwu Tung for public housing to resettle 1,700 families from squatter settlements set to be demolished.

And about 150 hectares in the three areas will be used to provide 53,800 new flats over the next two decades to house more than 150,000 people - an increase of 8,000 units on the original plan.

Of this, 43 percent will be public housing and sites will also be reserved for subsidized housing.

However, the development plan has yet to be confirmed and will depend on feedback from the community as the public consultation on the issue is to continue until mid-August.

Lam is focusing on the three areas to build up the government land bank and help meet chief executive-designate Leung Chun-ying's target of building about 35,000 public housing units a year in order to provide more affordable home options.

Lam said the Development Bureau is currently studying 2,500 hectares to be made available in the long term. These include projects in Tung Chung, Anderson Road Quarry and Hung Shui Kiu.
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LCQ10: North East New Territories New Development Areas
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Government Press Release

Following is a question by the Hon Chan Hak-kan and a written reply by the Secretary for Development, Mr Mak Chai-kwong, in the Legislative Council today (July 11):

Question:

Last month, the Development Bureau launched the Stage Three Public Engagement Exercise for the North East New Territories New Development Areas Planning and Engineering Study and rolled out the Recommended Outline Development Plans for the three New Development Areas (NDAs) of Kwu Tung North, Fanling North and Ping Che/Ta Kwu Ling. However, when being asked by the media last month, the former Secretary for Development disclosed that after making reference to the past experience in new town development, it was decided that the percentage of the number of public rental housing (PRH) units in the total number of residential units in a new town could not exceed 50% in the future. In this connection, will the Government inform this Council:

(a) of the order of development of the three aforesaid NDAs according to the existing timeframe; the respective years of intake for the PRH and private residential units in these districts;

(b) of the standards or research findings to which the authorities have made reference in setting the indicator that the percentage of PRH units in a new town cannot exceed 50% in the future; whether such indicator will affect the quantity and timeframe of PRH supply in the future;

(c) whether any land has been reserved for constructing Home Ownership Scheme flats in the aforesaid three NDAs; if so, of the estimated number of units to be supplied and the timeframe of the supply; if not, the reasons for that;

(d) given the proposal of developing the Kwu Tung railway station as the centre of development under the Kwu Tung North planning, of the respective estimated timeframe for launching the design and construction of this spur line as well as its commissioning; whether the construction of this spur line will commence earlier to avoid inadequacy in transportation to other districts and ancillary facilities for residents when they move in one after another;

(e) given the proximity of the Fanling North development projects to a number of existing large-scale residential estates, of the ways to mitigate the nuisances caused to nearby residents during the construction periods;

(f) of the anticipated impact of the Fanling North development projects on the passenger throughput at Sheung Shui and Fanling MTR stations; whether it will consider providing additional transport and ancillary facilities from Sheung Shui and Fanling to the urban area or expanding these two MTR stations; if it will, of the details; if not, the reasons for that;

(g) whether it will also improve the water quality of Ng Tung River and beautify both sides of the river during the development of Fanling North; if it will, of the details;

(h) of the reasons for proposing not to reserve any land in the Ping Che/Ta Kwu Ling NDA for the construction of PRH;

(i) given the development theme of "Quality Business/Residential Area" adopted for the Ping Che/Ta Kwu Ling NDA and the reservation of land for "Special Industry" use in the area, of the types of industries expected to move into the area and the economic benefits to be brought by them; and

(j) given that there are quite a number of private land lots in the aforesaid three NDAs, whether the authorities will adopt any new approach in handling relevant land disputes and compensation; if they will, of the details; if not, the reasons for that?

Reply:

President,

The objective of implementing the New Development Areas (NDAs) is to cope with the growing population and to address the long-term housing and economic development needs of Hong Kong. The Civil Engineering and Development Department and the Planning Department are carrying out the North East New Territories New Development Areas Planning and Engineering Study (the NENT NDAs Study) to establish a planning and development framework for the three NDAs, namely Kwu Tung North (KTN), Fanling North (FLN) and Ping Che/Ta Kwu Ling (PC/TKL), and to prepare development plans and implementation strategy.

Taking into account the public views collected during the Stage One and Stage Two Public Engagement as well as the findings and recommendations of various technical assessments, the Study Consultants have refined the previous development proposals and formulated the Recommended Outline Development Plans (RODPs). According to the RODPs, the NDAs will provide a total of about 53,800 new residential units that can accommodate a population of about 151,600. Overall, some 43% of the new residential units are for public rental housing (PRH) and the remaining 57% for various types of private housing. The NDAs will create approximately 52,000 new jobs.

The Stage Three Public Engagement has commenced in mid-June this year and the public are invited to express their views on the RODPs for the three NDAs by the end of August. Information on the RODPs of the NENT NDAs and the Stage Three Public Engagement has been set out in the discussion paper for the meeting of the Panel on Development on June 28, 2012 (LC Paper No. CB(1)2207/11-12(03)).

For the various parts of the question, our reply is set out below:

(a) According to the current programme, the intake for the PRH units in the KTN and FLN NDAs is expected to start in 2022 at the earliest. The site formation works for the private residential sites in these two NDAs are scheduled for completion between 2018 and 2027, and between 2026 and 2028 for the PC/TKL NDA. The Government will make available these private residential sites in the market in an orderly manner for development.

(b) In the planning of the NDAs, we have carefully considered various factors and aimed at building a socially integrated community. To tie in with the Study on the NDAs, we had commissioned the University of Hong Kong to conduct an independent study to review the development of Tin Shui Wai New Town and to make relevant recommendations. The study points out that special regard should be paid to the building of a balanced community and the planning of a balanced housing mix in the planning of the NDAs. We have also drawn on experience in the development of existing new towns and the views collected during the Stage Two Public Engagement (including the proposal for a balanced development between public and private housing in the NDAs). We believe that the proposed overall public-private housing mix of 43% : 57% will help achieve a balanced community profile. The NDAs will provide as many as 23,100 PRH units which are scheduled for completion between 2022 and 2029.

(c) Subject to the results of further studies, we may identify suitable sites from the land designated for private housing in the NDAs for new Home Ownership Scheme (HOS) development. The exact number and the timetable for the disposal of the new HOS flats are not yet available.

(d) Given the guiding direction proposed in the "Hong Kong Moving Ahead: A Transport Strategy for the Future" that railways should form the backbone of the passenger transport system in Hong Kong, railway will be the main carrier under the external public transport strategy for the KTN NDA. The current consultancy study on the review and update of the Railway Development Strategy 2000 commissioned by the Highways Department, which is scheduled for completion in early 2013, includes the review on the construction of Kwu Tung Station. The Government will assess the external traffic and transport needs of the NDA and work out the arrangements for various public transport modes. Consideration will be given to the construction of the Kwu Tung Station on the existing East Rail Lok Ma Chau Spur Line to cope with the future traffic needs of the NDA. We will keep pace with the planning and development progress of the NDA to timely design and construct the station for the provision of railway services in Kwu Tung.

(e) In accordance with the requirements stipulated in the Environmental Impact Assessment Ordinance, we will implement appropriate mitigation measures during the construction period to minimise the nuisance caused to the nearby residents, such as regular activation of the watering system to reduce dust emission and use of quiet equipment and erection of temporary noise barriers, etc. to reduce noise impacts.

(f) The FLN NDA is located near the East Rail Sheung Shui Station and Fanling Station. We envisage that some of the people commuting to and from this NDA will use the East Rail services through the Sheung Shui Station and Fanling Station. The MTR Corporation will take account of information relating to the latest planning of the NDA, implementation arrangements and programme, etc. in assessing the passenger volume brought by the NDA, and adopt appropriate measures to provide the NDA residents with comfortable and reliable railway services. Besides, the Transport Department will consider increasing appropriate public transport services having regard to population change, local development, prevailing condition of public transport services, passenger volume and passengers' needs, etc.

(g) As there is a lack of sewerage facilities in some parts of the FLN NDA, such facilities will be constructed during the development of the NDA. This will help improve the water quality of Ng Tung River. Greening works will also be carried out along the banks of the river by building a continuous riverside promenade. The planning is set out in the Stage 3 Public Engagement Digest, and the details will be worked out during the project design stage.

(h) In view of the limitation of infrastructure in the PC/TKL NDA and to achieve compatibility with the surrounding rural developments, it is considered not appropriate to develop higher-density PRH in the area.

(i) The 36-hectare Special Industries area in the PC/TKL NDA, which is to capitalise on the NDA's strategic location of being in proximity to Shenzhen and the Liantang/Heung Yuen Wai Boundary Control Point, will provide space for the development of high value-added and non-polluting special industries, including environmental and logistics industries. These industries, together with other local sectors, will create about 10 700 new jobs in the PC/TKL NDA.

(j) After careful consideration of the public comments collected during the Stage One and Stage Two Public Engagement, and to ensure that the NDA proposals can be implemented as scheduled, we now plan to adopt the Conventional New Town Approach for the development of the NDAs. Under this approach, the Government will resume and clear all the private land planned for public works projects, public housing and private developments, carry out site formation works and provide infrastructure before allocating the land for various purposes including disposal of the land planned for private developments in the market.

The implementation of the NDA proposals will inevitably affect private land. The Government will strive to ensure that the affected parties will be reasonably compensated or rehoused. We are now reviewing the current compensation and rehousing policy with a view to coming up with a more concrete arrangement before embarking on future major infrastructure projects (e.g. NDAs).

Furthermore, in response to the request of the affected parties, we have reserved a piece of land of about 3.2 hectares in the KTN NDA for local rehousing of eligible affected households.
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Tenders invited for Liantang/Heung Yuen Wai Boundary Control Point project
Friday, July 27, 2012
Government Press Release

The Civil Engineering and Development Department (CEDD) today (July 27) invited tenders for the contract for the site formation and infrastructure works of the Liantang/Heung Yuen Wai Boundary Control Point (BCP).

The works mainly comprise:

* site formation for the development of the BCP;
* construction of a dual two-lane connecting road linking up the BCP and the proposed Sha Tau Kok Road Interchange;
* diversion/modification works at Lin Ma Hang Road; and
* construction of sewage treatment facilities at the BCP.

The works are scheduled to commence in December this year for completion in September 2017.

The CEDD has commissioned AECOM Asia Company Limited to design and supervise the works. Interested contractors may obtain the tender forms and other particulars from AECOM at 8/F, Tower 2, Grand Central Plaza, 138 Sha Tin Rural Committee Road, Sha Tin.

The invitation to tender was gazetted today. The closing time for the tender is noon on September 21, 2012. Tender submissions should be placed in the Government Secretariat Tender Box at G/F, East Wing, Central Government Offices, 2 Tim Mei Avenue, Tamar.

For enquiries, please call AECOM at 3922 9338.
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