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  • Tuen Mun river terminal a target for 22,000 flats
    Date:2018-03-07 

    The Tuen Mun River Trade Terminal can be converted into 22,000 flats, but more land reclamation must be approved for relocating the industrial facilities near the pier, according to the Task Force for Land Supply.

    The task force held a meeting yesterday to discuss land supply options.

    After the meeting, chairman Stanley Wong Yuen-fai said the group endorsed having a public consultation on the terminal next month.

    Wong said the 65-hectare terminal is big enough for 22,000 flats, which is an estimate based on the density in Tuen Mun, which has a total of 170,000 flats.

    He said the usage rate of the terminal dropped to 24 percent of its capacity last year, and it comprised only 3 percent of total container throughput of the city.

    "This makes this land option different from the others: we don't need to consider seeking another piece of land to relocate the terminal," Wong said.

    However, there is a prerequisite in developing the pier, which is relocating special industrial facilities, such as the green industry and sewage treatment in the western part of the terminal. This has an area of 240 hectares.

    "The pollution caused by the special industries could hinder the residential construction and the industries should be relocated in order to get approval by the Town Planning Board for changing land usage," Wong said.

    As a result, he said the government's earlier proposal of reclaiming 220 to 250 hectares of land in Lung Kwu Tan for relocating the facilities has become a necessary condition.

    He also explained the reason why the task force would not consider constructing flats on the reclaimed land directly.

    "The reclamation plan the government proposed was stated for industrial usage only," Wong said. "The land east to Lung Kwu Tan was all special industrial facilities, and thus it is impossible to build flats there."

    Wong said since reclamation takes a long time, the terminal would be a long-term land option, which will not be ready for another 15 to 20 years.

    Another concern is transportation as Tuen Mun is already densely populated and traffic to the urban area has become busier.

    However, since the reclamation idea is a long-term option, the government may be able to solve the problem. One possible solution is to build a railway to Tsuen Wan.

    Another concern is that Hutchison Port Holdings Limited and Sun Hung Kai Properties are the two contractors of the terminal until 2047. Wong was asked how can they avoid being accused of possible collusion with developers?

    Legislator Andrew Wan Siu-kin said he would endorse the suggestion as long as the transport issue was solved.

    "Land shortage is an urgent problem, but the transportation from Tuen Mun is now almost saturated," he said.



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