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    29 Nov 2010 列印 E-mail

    Category

       Land Policies

    Issue

    • Hong Kong-Guangzhou high speed rail line

    News Content

    • SCMP reports today that a 85,000 sq. metre site in Lung Kwun Tan, Tuen Mun, which is partly owned by executive councilor and Heung Yee Kuk chief Lau Wong-fat , was cleared and leveled for future dumping of waste soil from construction of the Hong Kong-Guangzhou high-speed rail link.
    • The site was rented by Lung Kwu Tan village chief Lau Wai-ping two months ago. Village chief Lau said the waste would be stored at the site for two years and then handed back to Lau Wong-fat, whom he thought had always wanted to develop it for housing. But Lau Wong-fat declined to comment.
    • But the land clearance has sparked concern from green activists, as the site which they say was a butterfly hot spot. Dr. Cheng Luk-ki, the research head of Green Power, said the site had been damaged over the past decade. Cheng suspected damage was done to pre-empt any attempt by the government to impose a zoning control.

    Questions

    • Is the work at the site authorized?
    • As there are examples of damage being done on ecologically sensitive sites before a zoning plan comes into force, green activists are worried the site at Lung Kwun Tan may fall into same path. How does the government protect the site?
    • Is there any possible conflict of interest?