CEDD continues to green Hong Kong (with photo)The Civil Engineering and Development Department (CEDD) had planted 4,000 trees and 900,000 shrubs in Yau Ma Tei and Mong Kok with the completion of the Greening Master Plan (GMP) in the two districts by the end of 2009.
Officiating at a planting ceremony today (February 2) to mark the completion of greening works in Yau Ma Tei and Mong Kok, the Director of Civil Engineering and Development, Mr John Chai, said that apart from Yau Ma Tei and Mong Kok, the department had also completed its greening works in Sheung Wan, Wan Chai and Causeway Bay last year.
"Works under the GMP are being implemented in other urban areas including Kwun Tong, Wong Tai Sin, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon City, Eastern District, Western District and Southern District for completion by mid-2011. By then, more than 18,000 trees and 4 million shrubs will have been planted in urban areas of Hong Kong. This shows CEDD's determination and continuous efforts to enhance urban greening," Mr Chai said.
The GMP provides an overall greening framework for an area by identifying suitable locations for planting with desirable themes and species to achieve a continuous and consistent result. The Government established an inter-departmental Greening Master Plan Committee in August 2004 to oversee the development and implementation of the GMP in urban districts. The first phase of greening works was completed in Tsim Sha Tsui and Central in 2007.
Mr Chai thanked the Yau Tsim Mong District Council, district organisations and the local community for their advice and support during the projects' design and implementation. He also thanked the residents for their patience in regard to the inconvenience caused by the works.
Attending the ceremony today were the Chairman of Yau Tsim Mong District Council, Mr Chung Kong-mo, Deputy Secretary (Works) of Development Bureau, Mrs Jessie Ting, District Officer of Yau Tsim Mong, Mrs Vicki Kwok, Yau Tsim Mong District Council members, GMP Committee members and representatives of local community and relevant government departments.
Ends/Tuesday, February 2, 2010
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