Push to block Wang Chau work funding

Local | Chan Ho-him 23 Nov 2016

Legislators yesterday moved to block the government's request for Wang Chau development costs, including HK$203 million for land resumption, after passing a nonbinding motion separating the item from a bundle of other capital works.

At the development panel meeting, legislators debated over a total of HK$12.42 billion capital works reserve fund block allocations for fiscal year 2017-18, including HK$121 million for land resumption and roadworks for public housing plans in Wang Chau.

Documents also revealed the first phase of 4,000 public housing units include HK$203 million for land resumption and HK$91 million for roadworks. The Lands Department said about HK$160 million will be allocated for compensating landowners. Legislators urged separating the Wang Chau projects from the other capital works as there are many unanswered questions over the issue. Eddie Chu Hoi-dick, the New Territories West legislator who first raised the controversial Wang Chau issue, said it was "not ideal" for the government to put forward the fund on a lump-sum basis.

Meanwhile, legislators also passed a motion raised by Democracy Groundwork's Lau Siu-lai to separate the HK$4 million funds for pre- construction works to improve tourist facilities at Lam Tsuen Wishing Square in Tai Po. Lau said further consultation should take place.

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