The Kai Tak Development (KTD) project is dedicated to creating a vibrant and pleasant community. With the integration of green design principles, the road network in the Kai Tak area will not only cater to transport needs, but also enhance the streetscape with the freshness and beauty of nature.
Officiating at the ceremony of the Community Planting Day for the Kai Tak Development - Stage 1 Infrastructure Works at North Apron Area of Kai Tak Airport today (August 9), the Permanent Secretary for Development (Works), Mr Wai Chi-sing, said, "The planning of the KTD project follows the principles of sustainable development. Trees with thematic characteristics will be extensively planted in the district to create a continuous green area, providing a comfortable and natural environment for the public."
He added that the trunk roads in the north apron area will be lined with tall and stately autumn maple trees to create a boulevard effect. The vibrant landscape design will see the large amenity areas in the district become decorated with trees growing different flowers to add the visual interest of seasonal change. Furthermore, based on the theme recommended in the study by Public Creatives, all the new streets in the area are specially named with the Chinese character "沐" ("muk"), drawing inspiration from the revitalised Kai Tak River and echoing the trees theme.
Speaking at the ceremony, the Director of Civil Engineering and Development, Mr Hon Chi-keung, said the department launched the Stage 1 infrastructure works at the north apron area of the KTD in 2009 to support various advance projects such as public housing. These infrastructure works are largely complete now. They have included planting more than 158 000 trees and shrubs to beautify the environment, building new roads and footbridges, improving existing roads and pedestrian subways, and constructing public facilities.
Mr Wai and Mr Hon thanked the District Councillors and Civil Engineering and Development Department staff for their support of the KTD project. They also expressed gratitude to the teachers and students of S.K.H. Ching Shan Primary School for their participation in today's planting activity.
The officiating guests at today's ceremony included the Chairman of the Kowloon City District Council, Mr Lau Wai-wing; the Chairman of the Wong Tai Sin District Council, Mr Li Tak-hong; and the Vice Chairman of the Kwun Tong District Council, Ms So Lai-chun.
Ends/Friday, August 9, 2013
Issued at HKT 11:39