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Old August 2nd, 2011, 06:36 PM   #41
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Gazettal of Amendments to Shatin to Central Link
Friday, July 15, 2011
Government Press Release

The Government published in the Gazette today (July 15) amendments to some proposed works of the railway scheme for the Shatin to Central Link (SCL) under section 7 of the Railways Ordinance.

The SCL scheme gazetted in November 2010 includes a 17-kilometre-long railway with a total of 10 stations at Tai Wai, Hin Keng, Diamond Hill, Kai Tak, To Kwa Wan, Ma Tau Wai, Ho Man Tin, Hung Hom, northern Wan Chai and Admiralty.

The railway will run mostly underground and will consist of two parts, namely the Tai Wai to Hung Hom Section, which will be an extension of the existing Ma On Shan Line from Tai Wai to the West Rail Line via East Kowloon, and the Hung Hom to Admiralty Section, which will be an extension of the existing East Rail Line from Hung Hom across the harbour to Hong Kong Island.

Since the gazetting of the SCL scheme, the Government and the MTR Corporation Limited (MTRCL) have been keeping in close contact with the respective District Councils and major stakeholders to listen to their views.

A Government spokesman said, "At present, we are handling the views from the public on the railway scheme. As the SCL passes through a number of districts in the New Territories, Kowloon and Hong Kong Island and many densely populated areas, it involves a variety of concerns in different districts. Moreover, the construction works are complex and there are a lot of issues to be taken care of.

"With an aim to strive to commence the construction works in 2012, we have decided to amend the SCL scheme in two stages.

"The proposed amendments gazetted today are mainly related to the technical aspect to accommodate a number of changes and improvement measures proposed by the MTRCL, which has been carrying out the detailed design and in light of the ground investigation obtained.

"Currently, the MTRCL has been striving to optimise the design of the SCL project. We need more time to discuss with the public on their concerns and views, and investigate the feasibility of making appropriate amendments in response to the suggestions made by the public. We envisage that the discussion and study will be completed within this year and another batch of amendments will be announced before the end of 2011.

"By amending the railway scheme in two stages, we can handle the necessary changes of the scheme in a more effective manner that enables us to achieve the target for completing the statutory consultation process within the first half of 2012."

Under the Railways Ordinance, members of the public have the right to lodge objections to the amendments to the SCL scheme gazetted today from now until September 14, 2011. Any person who has a compensatable interest can claim compensation under the provisions of the Ordinance.

The amendments to the scheme and the relevant plans are available for public inspection at the Public Enquiry Service Centres of the Central and Western, Wan Chai, Eastern, Southern, Yau Tsim Mong, Kowloon City, Wong Tai Sin, Kwun Tong, Sai Kung, Sha Tin, Tai Po and North District offices, and the District Lands Offices of Hong Kong East, Hong Kong West and South, Kowloon East, Kowloon West, Sha Tin, Tai Po, North, and Sai Kung, during office hours.

A copy of the Amendments to Scheme and the Amendment Plans may be purchased from the Railway Development Office of the Highways Department. Enquiries on purchasing details can be made to the Highways Department at telephone number 2762 3976. The electronic version of the Amendments to Scheme and the Amendment Plans are viewable on the Highways Department's website (www.hyd.gov.hk/eng/major/road/rail/index.htm).

Further enquiries regarding the amendments to the scheme can be addressed to the Highways Department at telephone number 2762 4021 or to the Transport and Housing Bureau at telephone number 2189 2132 during office hours.
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Old October 11th, 2011, 03:24 PM   #42
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Crane man saved from sky trap
The Standard
Tuesday, October 11, 2011





An operator spent a terrifying 30 minutes stranded 30 meters above ground yesterday when the 60-meter arm of a crane he was working bent and crashed into the control panel.

The 57-year-old worker, surnamed Wong, was not hurt but was unable to descend as the crane ladder was damaged.

Wong called his colleagues over the walkie-talkie and they immediately reported to the police.

Firemen were sent to the construction site at Lok Wo Shan in Ma On Shan and firemen retrieved Wong from the cabin using an extended ladder and his body harness.

Wong was sent to the Prince of Wales Hospital, where he was treated for shock and discharged.

The site is part of a property development by Henderson Land Development. Wong told officers he was instructed to control the tower crane lifting metal rods for the foundation using a 60-meter-long jack.

He said the weight of the rods did not exceed the crane's loading capacity.

Representatives from the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department and Labour Department have been asked to investigate.

A spokeswoman for Henderson Land said the crane was leased by the company six months ago for the construction. It made a detailed inspection before it was used at the site.

The spokeswoman said the construction will be suspended until the investigation is completed and the site given the all-clear by relevant government bureaus.
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DSD awards consultancy agreement on proposed relocation of Sha Tin Sewage Treatment Works to caverns
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
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The Drainage Services Department (DSD) today (May 30) signed a $27.8 million consultancy agreement with AECOM Asia Company Limited for a feasibility study on the relocation of Sha Tin Sewage Treatment Works to caverns.

Speaking after the signing ceremony, the Director of Drainage Services, Mr Chan Chi-chiu said, "The Sha Tin Sewage Treatment Works are the largest secondary sewage treatment works in Hong Kong. Their relocation to caverns would release the existing site of about 28 hectares for housing and other purposes that would enhance our living quality. It is an innovative approach in line with Hong Kong's long-term social and economic development.

"The Stanley Sewage Treatment Works were the first sewage treatment works built in caverns in Hong Kong and they have been in operation since 1995. Riding on the department's experience gained in the construction and operation of Stanley Sewage Treatment Works, we are confident that the relocation of Sha Tin Sewage Treatment Works to caverns will bring extended benefits to the community and environment of Sha Tin," Mr Chan said.

The scope of the study comprises preliminary technical and impact assessments, ground investigation, preparation of an outline design for the engineering works, formulation of implementation strategies and programmes, and public engagement. The study will review the suitability of Nui Po Shan of A Kung Kok as the cavern site. It will also involve a planning review of the future land use of the existing Sha Tin Sewage Treatment Works site for the purpose of establishing a business case for the relocation project. The whole study is expected to take about 24 months to complete.

Please click on www.dsd.gov.hk/EN/Our_Projects/4379DS.html for information about the study.
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Old November 12th, 2012, 07:40 AM   #44
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Big players keep appetite for land
The Standard
Thursday, November 08, 2012





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Two government sites received tenders above their estimated prices yesterday despite the recent property cooling measures, allowing the government to tap HK$5 billion.

The robust tenders also signaled the developers' full confidence in the local residential market.

Cheung Kong Holdings (0001) outbid eight others to acquire the Lok Wo Sha residential plot in Ma On Shan for HK$2.901 billion - above market estimates of HK$2.53 billion.

The 155,002-square-foot site has a gross floor area of about 562,171 sq ft, costing HK$5,160 per square foot. It is restricted to holding 440-463 flats. "The price is reasonable given that all units have seaviews and the site is near Wu Kai Sha MTR," said CKH executive director Grace Woo Chia-ching.


Meanwhile, Sun Hung Kai Properties (0016) outbid six others to win the Tseung Kwan O Area 66D2 plot for HK$2.55 billion - close to the estimated price HK$2.37 billion.

Having a GFA of 563,377 sq ft, the 160,965 sq ft site costs HK$4,517 psf. A total of 600 to 630 units can be built.

Victor Lui Ting, SHKP deputy managing director and executive director, said a total of HK$6 billion will be invested in the development.

SHKP is the largest landlord in Area 66, owning four of the seven plots.

Earlier, surveyors had lowered the estimate for the Area 66 plot by as much as 15 percent after property curbs were introduced on October 26.

There were fears that the tender could be withdrawn due to possible poor market response.

Before the announcement of the tender result yesterday, Centaline had lowered the estimated value of another Tseung Kwan O plot, Area 68A1, by 11 percent to HK$1.8 billion.

Tender submission for the plot commences tomorrow.

The US Federal Reserve's third round of quantitative easing has kept developers optimistic despite the curbs, said Lawrence Poon Wing-cheung, housing panel chairman at the Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors.

Developers believe the market may soon come to terms with the recent cooling measures, he said.
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Five sites to boost supply with 5,000 flats
1 July 2014
South China Morning Post





The government and MTR Corporation will release five housing sites worth HK$5.5 billion for sale between now and September 30.

Secretary for Development Paul Chan Mo-po said yesterday that the government would release four residential sites, in Lei Yue Mun, Tuen Mun, Fanling and Tai Po, and a 1,100-room hotel site in Tung Chung, between July and September. The four sites could provide 2,100 flats.

The MTR will release a site at Tai Wai station for tender for a second time during the same period. When the project was first released in 2012, the winning bidder would have had to invest HK$29 billion to acquire the site and build flats on it.

The number of flats the five sites will provide is 56 per cent more than will be built on land sold in the first quarter.

The Tai Wai MTR station site and a site at Pak Shek Kok, Tai Po, were previously withdrawn from tender because the offers submitted by developers failed to meet the reserve price.

With many sites in the land sale programme yet to be rezoned for residential use, the government is facing a challenge to meet its target of providing enough land for 18,800 private flats in the current financial year.

“It will largely depend on whether the MTR is able to sell their projects or not because railway projects usually offer more flats,” said Vincent Cheung Kiu-cho, national director for Greater China at property consultant Cushman & Wakefield.

“There will be some difficulties. The MTR didn’t divide the Tai Wai station site into small plots. They also have requirements on land premium and profit-sharing. The result of the tender will largely depend on the requirements.”

Paul Chan said the government would try its best to meet the target. “There will be more sites released for tender in the second half of the financial year because we need to rezone the sites and lobby district council members. The biggest challenge is to gain their support for the rezoning,” he said.

In March, he accused the MTR of not doing enough to help solve the city’s housing shortage. The government has urged the MTR to release a new project at Lohas Park in Tseung Kwan O in the latter half of the year.

“We will continue to urge them to release sites for tender. They are one of the major sources of land supply,” Chan said. “If we could find land available for residential development in urban areas, we would release it for sale immediately. But it is difficult to find a large quantity of residential sites in an urban area.

“Since construction of the [MTR’s] Sha Tin to Central link has been delayed, we are unable to release new sites at Kai Tak. Therefore, future land supply will mainly come from the New Territories.”

Property sales and prices have rebounded since March.

“We don’t need to worry at this stage. We won’t change our land supply policy because of the market movement in the past two months. The previous sharp increase in property prices is because of the housing shortage. We will continue to increase the land supply,” Chan said.
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