Bid to change path of cables
By ELISABETH TACEY
NEW Territories villagers proposed alternative routes yesterday for the electricity lines from Black Point power station to avoid them going over their houses.
The villagers from Yick Yuen Tsuen, north of Castle Peak and directly on the proposed route for the 400 kilovolt cables needed to carry electricity more than 50 kilometres to eastern Kowloon, told the Government they were concerned electromagnetic fields from the cables might harm their health.
China Light and Power says it expects the first two generating units to be working by the end of the year.
Chief town planner for the sub-regions Tam Po-yiu said that several government officials from the Planning, Environment and Lands Branch had held a 90-minute meeting with about 15 villagers yesterday.
'They proposed re-routing the line. They said the proposed line will fly over some of the structures,' he said.
Yick Yuen residents, along with those in a cluster of nearby villages raised a petition last month against the power line route. They also attended a Legco panel meeting at which legislators said the route should be moved away from homes.
Mr Tam said the Government had said it would consider the proposed alternatives but could give no date for the decision.
'All we have said is that we are working on it. No alternative is likely to be problem-free,' he said.
The villagers have followed in the footsteps of Clear Water Bay residents, who have formed an association to get the cable route removed from their area.