Reclamation and advance works of Tung Chung New Town Extension launched (with photos/video)
The Financial Secretary, Mr Paul Chan, today (February 5) officiated at the launching ceremony for the reclamation and advance works of Tung Chung New Town Extension (TCNTE).
TCNTE is the first new town extension project via reclamation since 2003, following the completion of the last new town development projects in Tseung Kwan O and Tung Chung by reclamation. The whole TCNTE project will provide about 49 000 residential flats and about 870 000 square metres of commercial floor space, accommodating a population of about 144 000 and creating 40 000 job opportunities. The reclamation at Tung Chung East is the main part of the extension project and could provide 40 000 new flats.
Addressing the launching ceremony, Mr Chan said that the project symbolises the resolve of the Government in increasing land supply to meet Hong Kong's medium- to long-term needs for housing, economic and social developments. He also pointed out that the planning of TCNTE caters for the needs of development and conservation in order to reduce impacts on the natural environment caused by taking forward the project. For example, the project is the first public works contract to adopt a non-dredged method named deep cement mixing in reclamation to reduce the impact on water quality during construction. Also, the reclamation at Tung Chung East is the first reclamation contract to adopt the design of eco-shorelines to enhance ecological functions and facilitate the growth of the general marine water habitat.
The main objective of the works is to provide land in phases, with a view to meeting the target of first population intake in 2023-24. The contract mainly comprises reclamation of the seabed at Tung Chung East by a non-dredged method to form a total of about 130 hectares of land, construction of seawalls with eco-shorelines, construction of a multi-cell drainage box culvert, provision of infrastructure for Tung Chung Area 58, and implementation of the associated environmental mitigation measures. The reclamation and advance works are targeted for completion in 2023.
Other officiating guests included the Permanent Secretary for Development (Works), Mr Hon Chi-keung; the Under Secretary for Development, Mr Liu Chun-san; and the Director of Civil Engineering and Development, Mr Lam Sai-hung.
Details of the TCNTE project are available at the project website (www.tung-chung.hk/).
Ends/Monday, February 5, 2018
Issued at HKT 17:50
FS attends launch ceremony for reclamation and advance works of Tung Chung New Town Extension