Tung Chung to grow in a big way in 2024

Local | Stella Wong 4 Nov 2019

Tenants for the first of 50,000 flats being built in Tung Chung can expect to move in by the first quarter of 2024.

That news was passed along by Secretary for Development Michael Wong Wai-lun in his blog yesterday in a review of the Tung Chung New Town extension project.

That came with reclamation that started at the end of 2017 making "satisfactory progress, he said.

Wong said the Development Bureau is confident it can hand over the first batch of land to the Housing Department next year for building homes and that reclamation and preparatory work will be completed in 2023.

He quoted Michael Fong Hok-shing, head of the Sustainable Lantau Office, as pointing to the extension project covering the eastern and western flanks of the existing new town.

Fong said the current near-shore reclamation works is at Tung Chung east. But there will not be such work at Tung Chung west, where site formation will be geared largely to conservation.

"The entire Tung Chung New Town extension provides over 50,000 residential flats, including 32,000 public housing units as well as over 800,000 square meters of gross floor area for office use," Fong said. That would mean a new population of over 140,000, Fong added, and "we estimate the first batch of residents can start moving in from the first quarter of 2024."

Sustainable Lantau chief engineer Alfred Wong Kwok-fai said the reclamation in Tung Chung east will create about 130 hectares of land and provide space for 40,000 of the proposed 50,000 residential flats for a population of about 120,000.

The reclamation in Tung Chung east will also make land for a 4.9-kilometer promenade and 24 hectares of green space - equivalent to an area 1.25 times the size of Victoria Park.

The office also aims to limit the impact of the reclamation on the environment with a non-dredging method.

Wong Kwok-fai also said this would be the first "eco-shoreline" in a government project. The shoreline would provide an environment for sea creatures.

Also, he said, there will be a shoreline composed of mangrove and eco-friendly blocks near the waterfront of Tung Chung east instead of a concrete seawall.

stellast.wong@singtaonewscorp.com

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