New People's Party chairwoman and lawmaker, Regina Ip, says it is a great pity that the Chief Executive Carrie Lam could not wait for the results of a land supply consultation before announcing a mega reclamation project off Lantau.
The CE announced the proposal in her Policy Address on Wednesday, saying the 1,700 hectare artificial islands plan could house up to 1.1 million people. Government sources say this project would cost at least HK$500 billion.
Ip, who's also an Executive Council member, questioned how a project that could be some 20 years in the making could solve Hong Kong's immediate housing woes.
"If it is such an urgent matter, why in the first place [did] the government allow the task force to take so long to conduct its consultation," she said on RTHK's Hong Kong Today.
"Moreover, although I agree that reclamation is necessary to increase land supply, the price tag of this tremendous project is not clear and it's going to take 20, 30 years. So, it's not going to solve our land shortage problem."
Civic Party leader Alvin Yeung, who also spoke on the programme, said putting half of Hong Kong's reserves into the ambitious reclamation project is extremely controversial.
The Task Force on Land Supply is expected to submit its final report on options to increase the territory's space for housing by the end of this year.
Regina Ip critical of Lantau mega project
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