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Mega islands plan not mega enough: think tank

2018-10-22 HKT 11:36
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Lau Ping-Cheung speaks to RTHK's Janice Wong
An adviser at the pro-Beijing Our Hong Kong Foundation says a controversial proposal for a massive reclamation project east of Lantau does not go far enough and the suggested 1,700 hectares of land to be created should be increased further.

While critics have claimed that Hong Kong won't need so much land for new homes in the long-run, the think tank's Lau Ping-cheung says the Lantau Tomorrow Vision project should be expanded.

Before Chief Executive Carrie Lam unveiled the proposal in her Policy Address earlier this month, the foundation had called for reclamation in waters of Lantau spanning 2,200 hectares.

Lau told RTHK's Janice Wong that Hong Kong needs to catch up with other cities in the Greater Bay Area in terms of GDP growth, and 1,700 hectares of new land won't be enough for future development.

"We are lagging behind in economic growth and social developments in Hong Kong and we have to catch up. The shortage in land supply is one of the major, major problems that are facing Hong Kong," Lau said.

He also said people shouldn't just focus on the cost of the project – estimated by some to be around HK$500 billion – but they should also look at the possible return.