Drainage Services Department to begin greening works at Sheung Wan Stormwater Pumping Station (with photo)The Drainage Services Department had included a lot of landscape works in the planning and design of the Sheung Wan stormwater pumping station to provide a green amenity for the public, the Director of Drainage Services, Mr Lau Ka-keung, said today (March 28).
Speaking at a tree planting activity at the pumping station today, Mr Lau said the Sheung Wan Stormwater Pumping Station was built at a cost of $200 million to alleviate the problem of flooding due to back-flow of sea water in Sheung Wan. It began operation this month. The greening works in the public areas adjacent to the pumping station will begin soon.
He said there would be a 1,300-square-metre pet garden and a 200-metre long promenade in the 5,700-square-metre public area adjacent to the pumping station. The works will be completed and the area opened to the public in June.
"The landscaping works for the adjacent public areas and the promenade will include planting of 110 trees and more than 20,000 shrubs. Most of the trees are local species including Spider Tree, Chinese Banyan, Cuban Bast, Paper-bark Tree, White Champaca, Plumeria Rubra and Portia Tree. Along the promenade, 38 Queen Palms will be planted and Chinese Banyan will be planted at the Chung Kong Road side to block the dust from traffic.”
Mr Lau expressed his sincere thanks to the Central and Western District Council and local communities for giving their valuable support and suggestions to the Government during the design and construction of the Sheung Wan stormwater pumping station project. He also thanked the residents in Central and Western District, the property management office of Shun Tak Centre, bus companies and shop owners for their patience with the inconvenience and nuisance arising from the construction work.
Also attending the tree planting activity today were Legislative Council member and Central and Western District Council member, Mr Kam Nai-wai , Chairman of Central and Western District Council, Mr Chan Tak-chor, Vice-Chairman of Central and Western District Council, Mr Chan Chit-kwai, Chairman of the Food, Environment, Hygiene and Works Committee of Central and Western District Council, Mr Chan Hok-fung, Chairlady of the Culture, Leisure and Social Affairs Committee of Central and Western District Council, Ms Cheng Lai-king, Chairman of the District Facilities Management Committee of Central and Western District Council, Mr Lee Chi-hang, Chairman of the Working Group on Greening and Beautification Works of Central and Western District Council, Mr Chan Choi-hi, Central and Western District Officer, Mrs Ho Ng Ching-ching, and District Leisure Manager (Central and Western) of the Leisure and Culture Services Department, Ms Yeung Yuet-ming.
Ends/Saturday, March 28, 2009
Issued at HKT 14:00