Secretary for Development visits Kwai Tsing District (with photos)
The Secretary for Development, Mrs Carrie Lam, today (November 26) visited Kwai Tsing District to learn about the latest development there.
Mrs Lam met a group of elderly building owners living in Kwai Chung area and and they told her about their difficulties in carrying out proper maintenance works to their premises and buildings.
Accompanied by the District Officer, Mr Allan Chow, Mrs Lam also visited a shop selling herbal tea and healthy organic food in Ta Chuen Ping Street. The shop, operated by the Women Service Association, was set up under the financial sponsorship of the Home Affairs Department's "Enhancing Self-Reliance Through District Partnership Programme". The programme is aimed at increasing the skills and capacities of the employable and providing opportunities for the disadvantaged to upgrade themselves and to be effectively integrated into the community.
At today's visit, Mrs Lam was also briefed by the Project Manager (Major Works) of the Highways Department, Mr Chow Ying-shun, on the construction progress of Route 8 - the trunk road linking Lantau and Sha Tin via Tsing Yi and West Kowloon.
One of the key sections of the route - the Stonecutters Bridge, when completed, will be one of the longest span cable-stayed bridges in the world. With the two unique circular tapered monotowers made of steel-concrete composite structures, the bridge will also become a new landmark in Hong Kong. The construction work of the whole route is expected to be completed by mid-2009.
Before ending her visit, Mrs Lam met current and newly-elected members of Kwai Tsing District Council to exchange views on the development of the district.
Ends/Monday, November 26, 2007
Issued at HKT 17:44