Ship Kwai Chung port to new island: Tung’s group

Ship Kwai Chung port to new island: Tung’s group

Stephen Wong

A think tank founded by former Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa has proposed moving the entire Kwai Chung Container Terminal to an artificial island.

The Our Hong Kong Foundation says the government can build a 2,200 hectare island south of Cheung Chau to house the facilities, so as to free up urban space for housing.

The foundation’s deputy executive director, Stephen Wong, said the reclamation in the area they are suggesting would not adversely affect the environment.

“We are choosing a site that hopefully has a lower environmental impact on a relative basis,” he said. “Therefore, we are not talking about the east side of the city, but we are talking about south of the Cheung Chau island.”

Furthermore, the foundation said prisons and government facilities can also be moved to reclaimed land at Po Toi Island, while Tuen Mun and Tseung Kwan O can be expanded by reclamation.

“Instead of just thinking about having a low target of new supply of land in the New Territories – which we think should continue – but given the difficulties and given the size of the new towns, we should certainly think outside of the Victoria Harbour for large scale reclamation for predominantly subsidised housing,” Wong added.

For short term supply, the think tank said the government can provide incentives to encourage private developers to allocate some of their land for developing subsided flats.